Connector Receives $7.5 Million Allocation from SACOG
The Connector received a financial boost when the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) Board of Directors on December 10 approved an allocation of $7.5 million to help pay for construction of the 5.5-mile Connector segment on White Rock Road from Prairie City Road in Folsom to Latrobe Road in El Dorado Hills south of Highway 50.
The Connector JPA estimates that it will cost $40 million to convert that twoâ€lane segment of White Rock Road to a four-lane expressway, reducing congestion on Highway 50 and increasing safety in the process. Additional funding will come from the Sacramento County Measure A transportation sales-tax program, and a combination of state funding and local development fees. If sufficient additional funding is secured, construction is anticipated to take place between 2018 and 2021.
SACOGâ€™s allocation to the Connector is the largest of its project commitments in this funding round. SACOG received 103 project nominations from 25 project sponsors requesting $345.4 million. Guaranteed funding of $89,758,000 was allocated, with an additional $38,795,000 committed to â€œTier 2â€ projects that could receive funding if additional resources become available.