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American River Bridges

There are 20 bridges across the American River between the Sacramento River and Folsom Lake. 8 bridges have no bike access, 6 have bike access only, and 6 allow both bikes and vehicles. Click on the bridge name to see a picture of the bridge.

All bridges on the American River are fixed, except for one drawbridge which used to open for taller boats to pass. The Jibboom Street Bridge is a swing drawbridge which opens by swinging sideways. The I Street Bridge on the Sacramento River at the North end of Old Town is also a swing drawbridge (shown in open position). Tower Bridge on the Sacramento River at the South end of Old Town is a vertical-lift or elevator drawbridge with a pair of high towers that house counter-weights that are the exact weight of the lift span. The third type of drawbridge is the bascule-type which have heavy counter weights that make opening power requirements minimal, such as the Freeport Bridge on down the Sacramento River.


AR Bridge # Mile Bridge Name Access Satellite View
1 -0.1 Jibboom Street Bridge (Swing Drawbridge) Bike Downtown Loop
2 0.2 Interstate 5 Bridge (I-5) No Bike Downtown Loop
3 2.8 16th Street Bridge (State Route 160) No Bike Desolation Strip or Downtown Loop
4 3.8 Pipe Bridge Bike Only Desolation Strip
5 3.9 Railroad Bridge (Silver, Union Pacific) No Bike Desolation Strip
6 4.8 Railroad Bridge (Black, Union Pacific) No Bike Desolation Strip
7 4.7 Capital City Freeway Bridge (Business I-80) No Bike Desolation Strip
8 7.4 Fair Oaks Boulevard Bridge (H or J Street) Bike Watt to Howe Loop & Sac State Loop or Desolation Strip
9 7.9 Guy West Bridge Bike Only Watt to Howe Loop & Sac State Loop
10 8.5 Howe Avenue Bridge Bike Watt to Howe Loop & Sac State Loop
11 10.0 Watt Avenue Bridge Bike Goethe to Watt or Watt to Howe Loop & Sac State Loop
12 14.0 C. M. Goethe County Park Foot Bridge Bike Only Sunrise to Goethe or Goethe to Watt
13 19.8 Sunrise Recreation Area Bridge Bike Only Hazel to Sunrise or Sunrise to Goethe
14 19.9 Sunrise Boulevard Bridge No Bike Hazel to Sunrise or Sunrise to Goethe
15 20.2 Old Fair Oaks Bridge on Bridge Street Bike Only Hazel to Sunrise or Sunrise to Goethe
16 23.0 Hazel Avenue Bridge Bike Lake Natoma Loop or Hazel to Sunrise
17 28.0 New Folsom Bridge Bike Lake Natoma Loop
18 28.1 Rainbow Bridge in Folsom No Bike Folsom Hill or Lake Natoma Loop
19 28.2 Old Folsom Bridge Bike Only Folsom Hill or Lake Natoma Loop
20 30.0 Folsom Dam Road No Bike Folsom Hill