Union Pacific Completes Repairs to Bike Path and Grounds Under Sacramento Bridge Approach Destroyed by March Fire

Omaha, Neb., August 16, 2007 – The finishing touches recently were completed in the area where a March 15 fire destroyed the wooden trestle approach to Union Pacific Railroad’s bridge over the American River in Sacramento, Calif.

The new steel-and-concrete 1,400-ft. approach was rebuilt within 15 days of the fire through the efforts of Union Pacific employees, private contractors and a variety of city, county and state agencies. 

"We appreciate the residents, and those that use the bike trail, for their patience during the final cleanup of the area where the fire occurred and the rebuilding of the bike trail," said Scott Moore, Union Pacific Railroad’s vice president public affairs – Western region.

Since mid-April: 

  • All fire debris was removed and the area graded under the bridge approach.  The Regional Water Quality Control Board has approved the clean-up and grading.
  • Plans have been made to test ground water and sediment under the guidance and review of the Regional Water Quality Control Board.
  • The bike trail was repaired and reopened the first week of August. 
    2,600-feet of the bike path was repaved with asphalt.
  • In recognition of the firefighters’ efforts, Union Pacific has donated:
    • To the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District - six safety packs, each of which includes: a 2007-compliant air pack, a 60-minute air bottle with regulator, a rescue sled, a search and rescue bag that contains 225 feet of rope and necessary hardware and a flat-head axe.
    • Ten dry suits for the fire/rescue boat crew members and two marine search lights to assist with night operations to the Sacramento Fire Department. The dry suits have been special ordered and are expected to be delivered in the next several months.

Law enforcement officials continue to ask for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible in setting the March 15, 2007 fire.  Any information about the fire should be reported to the Sacramento Fire Department Arson hotline – (916) 808-1361. There is a $10,000 reward for this information.

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