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Natomas Levee Improvement Project - April 2023


Natomas Levee Project—U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 

Goal:  Complete levee improvements started by SAFCA/State to provide Natomas Basin at least 200-year flood protection

Project Status:  Project is fully authorized by Congress (2014 Water Resources and Reform Development Act).  Appropriations are made on an annual basis

Cost Sharing Partners:  SAFCA (local) and Central Valley Flood Protection Board (State)

Operation and Maintenance Responsibility:  Reclamation District No. 1000

Construction Status:  See Construction Phasing Map

April 2023 Status:

Reach A

i.      The Contract was awarded in September 2021 to Ahtna-Great Lakes (joint venture) for the base contract levee work. The contractor has completed a demonstration cut off wall panel and completed testing.  The results are being used to design the final cutoff wall design. Levee and cutoff wall construction is scheduled to begin April 15th.   Construction will last for three years.

ii.     Modifications to Plant 1B and 1A have been included in the project. The contract includes the provisions in the agreement between the District and SAFCA to ensure Plant 1A and 1B are operational during the flood season throughout the project and partial operation of Plant 1B during the irrigation season for rice drainage.

iii.   SAFCA/State continue coordinating with the Corps on SMUD, AT&T and PGE relocations which are underway. The team is also working with the City of Sacramento on waterline and service connections along Garden Highway.

Reach B

i.      Construction continued on Reach B including relocation of the Riverside Canal and replacement of other Natomas Water Company facilities. The Corps is currently acquiring borrow material from the Port of Sacramento, which is needed for the landside seepage berm.

ii.     Outfall, discharge pipes, pumps and electrical replacement have been completed. O&M training and official pump testing is complete.

iii.   Construction at the I-5 window crossing the Sacramento River south of Bayou Road which began in 2021 is essentially complete with a punch list of final items needed to close out the project this spring as site conditions allow.

Reach C

i.      The Reach C project is complete, and the District is providing the operation and maintenance.

Reach D

i.      The reconstruction of Pumping Plant 4, discharge pipes and outfall structure is substantially complete. The plant will be non-operational this flood season as the electrical protection equipment delivery is scheduled for October 2023. Temporary power installation for pump motor heaters is scheduled for April 13th.

ii.     The Corps is working on the package to turn the previously completed levee improvements in Reach D over to the non-federal sponsors (and RD 1000) though the District has effectively taken over the O&M of the levee.

Reach E

i.      The plans and specifications for this reach are complete. The Corps solicited bids with the apparent low bidder identified as Nordic Industries. Notice to Proceed in late April or May. Construction is still scheduled for 2023 and 2024.

ii.     SAFCA has acquired all the right of way for construction and utility relocations and has physical possession of the property. This includes the Brookfield property which could yield sufficient borrow for the remainder of the Natomas project. SAFCA is coordinating with PG&E for the relocation of the utility poles this spring.

Reach F

i.      The Corps is working with the State, SAFCA and RD 1000 to closeout comments from the 95% and 100 % design.  Final plans and specifications are to be completed by May 2023.  The Corps has an issue with their internal review process which could delay the final design.

ii.     Critical issues include right of way acquisition (some which require relocations); relocation of existing WAPA tower (lead time for relocation more than a year); utility relocations and borrow source.

iii.   The contract for tree removal within the levee footprint is schedule for award in October 2023 with work complete by February 2024.  ward is Levee construction award is scheduled for November 2024 with construction in 2025 and 2026.

Reach G

i.      See notes above for Reach F as Reaches F and G are combined into a single design and construction contract.

Reach H

i.      Construction at Reach H continues, including fence relocations, landside lower patrol road and I-80 berm. SAFCA continues acquisition of rights needed to complete patrol road and fence relocations. This project will continue through 2023 as these contract modifications are negotiated and rights of way acquired.

Reach I

i.      Construction of the cutoff wall has been completed and project finalization and turnover to SAFCA and the District is in progress. A final construction report has been submitted for SAFCA and the District to review.

ii.     Design for the Reach I Contract 2 to construct a patrol / maintenance road and perform levee slope flattening has been completed. SAFCA is working on real estate acquisition and coordination with utilities for relocation. All tree removal has been completed. The levee construction is scheduled to be performed in 2023.

Other Projects

i.      Plant 5 replacement—The Corps has awarded the design contract to the Stantec/Kleinfelder team. The new pumping plant will be located approximately 400 feet east from the current location. Design team meetings take occur bi-weekly. The current schedule is for construction in 2024. 

ii.     Highway 99 Window – HDR Engineers are doing the design for the closure of the Highway 99 crossing gap at the Natomas Cross Canal. The 100% plans were submitted and reviewed by the design team in October with no significant issues identified.  Caltrans is now engaged with the project and provided their comments on the proposed lane closures to allow the cutoff wall constructed across the travel lanes but concur in general with the proposal. The schedule has shifted for Caltrans review with scheduled award in November 2023 and construction in 2024.

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