Freeport and 4th Underpass – Sacramento CA

City:
Sacramento, CA

Site Type:
Infrastructure and Utilities, Roads, Bridges, and Tunnels

Description

As the photo description below explains, this concrete underpass allowed pedestrians to safely cross the railroad tracks at Freeport and 4th:

"Number of people benefitted: All persons including school children crossing W.P.R.R. tracks at Freeport Boulevard. Provides sadety for children and all other pedestrians, having to cross R.R. Tracks heretofore and eliminating a hazardous crossing."

The WPA and the PWA were very active in Sacramento, with the former funding "220 miles of highway; 46 public buildings; and new runways at local airports." (Wikipedia, History of Sacramento)

Source notes

Current status of underpass not known.

Location Info


Freeport Blvd. and 4th Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95818
Sacramento County

Location notes:

Coordinates: 38.552195, -121.48891

Site Details

Federal CostLocal CostTotal Cost
$516,070.00 $572,385.00 $1,088,455.00

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4 comments on “Freeport and 4th Underpass – Sacramento CA

  1. Maria Moleski

    Interesting, since this underpass does not exist. I wish it did.

  2. It was filled in because of safety concerns and then later when the tracks were lowered it was entirely demolished.

  3. Michael Vickers

    I believe the picture was taken from the south facing the north. Freeport Blvd would be just to the left and 4th Ave through the tunnel. Based on some aerial photos it looks like it was filled in by 1981, but still open in 1971. It was definitely filled in by the early 1990’s.

  4. Before the mid 1980’s this tunnel was filled in. You could see the concrete walls but the tunnel was filled in.
    The photo is facing east not south. The railway box visible in the picture still exists and can be seen in Google maps street view.
    The WPA also built CK McClatchy Senior High School about 0.2 miles whose students would have used this tunnel.
    My guess is the tunnel was removed when the light rail station was built just south of it.
    When the Western Pacific Railroad Road yard was in operation the trains would move for back and forth blocking this intersection for 10-15 minutes at a time.

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4 comments on “Freeport and 4th Underpass – Sacramento CA

  1. Maria Moleski

    Interesting, since this underpass does not exist. I wish it did.

  2. It was filled in because of safety concerns and then later when the tracks were lowered it was entirely demolished.

  3. Michael Vickers

    I believe the picture was taken from the south facing the north. Freeport Blvd would be just to the left and 4th Ave through the tunnel. Based on some aerial photos it looks like it was filled in by 1981, but still open in 1971. It was definitely filled in by the early 1990’s.

  4. Before the mid 1980’s this tunnel was filled in. You could see the concrete walls but the tunnel was filled in.
    The photo is facing east not south. The railway box visible in the picture still exists and can be seen in Google maps street view.
    The WPA also built CK McClatchy Senior High School about 0.2 miles whose students would have used this tunnel.
    My guess is the tunnel was removed when the light rail station was built just south of it.
    When the Western Pacific Railroad Road yard was in operation the trains would move for back and forth blocking this intersection for 10-15 minutes at a time.

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