The cities of Sacramento and West Sacramento have announced T.Y. Lin International as the leading architect for a new bridge across the Sacramento River.

Congresswoman Doris Matsui, Mayor Darrell Steinberg, West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, Vice Mayor Steve Hansen, Councilmember Jeff Harris, and T.Y. Lin lead architect Noel Shamble, were all in attendance at an event on Wednesday, Oct. 31 to unveil the selection.

T.Y. Lin is a California-based architectural firm that integrates community culture with personalized structural design. The firm has an extensive design background, with the Bay Bridge as one of its many projects.

“For this I Street Bridge Project, we’re blessed with many great features,” Shamble said. “Our vision for the project is a design that really encompasses and incorporates all of those features and really much more than that.”

Attendees at Wednesday’s selection unveiling — held at Matsui Waterfront Park — had an opportunity to look at possible designs for the new I Street Bridge. No designs are final, as Shamble stressed the importance of community involvement with design.

The new bridge will be upstream of the existing I Street Bridge, crossing the Sacramento River between the Sacramento Railyards and West Sacramento’s Washington District.

The old I Street Bridge will be kept for railroad use, while the new bridge will provide a bicycle, pedestrian, and automobile crossing. The gateway between Sacramento and West Sacramento will promote economic development, lifestyle, and mobility, leaders said.

“A bridge by any other name, with this architect and opportunity we have, will be spectacular,” Vice Mayor Steve Hansen said.

The new bridge will be completed in 2022, with its cost estimated at $172 million. About 88 percent of the cost will be funded by the federal government.

For more information about the I Street Bridge Replacement Project, please visit the project’s webpage.