The Bridges of Sacramento County
New Span Over 28th Street to Open Friday, and 29th Street Bridge to Be Installed This Weekend
An integral aspect in the Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento midtown expansion’s goal to provide all patient services under one roof will move two steps closer after this weekend.
One bridge is expected to be opened Friday, March 15, and another will be put in place by Monday, March 18, with only one bridge yet to be built. In all, six bridges – including the three-story spanning structure over L Street – will connect the entire campus, which is also connected by a series of tunnels at the basement level.
The bridge over 28th Street connecting the second floors of the Buhler Building/Sutter Cancer Center and the Sutter Capitol Pavilion outpatient services center and specialty physician office building is slated to open for public and staff use Friday morning.
The access point to the bridge at the Buhler Building is next to the women’s restroom on the second floor. At Capitol Pavilion, the bridge entrance is right off the second-floor elevators near Outpatient Surgery. The bridge is an entirely enclosed and conditioned space, and has glass walls that provide views of the Old Tavern, Sutter’s Fort and the campus. The 28th Street bridge hours will be 6 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and locked on nights and weekends.
On Saturday, an open-air, covered bridge that was built off-site will be put in place at the corner of 29th and L streets. The bridge connects the second level of the South Parking Lot to the second floor of the Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center. The parking lot is set to become patient, visitor and physician parking when the acute-care facility opens in 2014.
The installation of the bridge will require 29th Street to be closed between L Street and Capitol Avenue from Friday night until Monday morning. The bridge will make a dramatic entrance to the site early Saturday morning by traveling from its South Sacramento birthplace up Interstate 5, and then east on J Street to 29th Street. The bridge, which will include an elevator and stairway at the parking lot, is scheduled to be completed in June.
The other existing bridges connect Sutter General Hospital to the Buhler Building and to the Fort Sutter medical office building. The last remaining bridge will be the one connecting the Women’s and Children’s Center and the Buhler Building. That bridge is scheduled to be built later this year.