Connector Expressway Newsletter: Communities in El Dorado and Sacramento Counties will be efficiently linked with Folsom, Rancho Cordova and Elk Grove to reduce congestion and spur economic investment.
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Connector Highlighted in Recent Community Presentations
Connector JPA Board Member Jeff Starsky recently provided an update on the Connector project to the Rotary Club of Folsom, while Derek Minnema, Connector project manager, provided updates to the Citrus Heights Chamber of Commerce and Rancho Cordova Sunrise Rotary.  If you know of an organization that would be interested in a Connector presentation, let us know!
2016 JPA Board Meeting Schedule Set
JPA Board meetings in 2016 are planned for the fourth Friday of the month at 8:30 a.m. at the Rancho Cordova City Council Chambers, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, Rancho Cordova, with the exception of November and December, when meetings will be held on the third Friday due to holiday schedules. 
The next meeting will be held on Friday, January 22.

Connector Expressway
Board of Directors

Ron Mikulaco
El Dorado County

Patrick Hume
City of Elk Grove

Jeff Starsky
City of Folsom

Dave Sander
City of Rancho Cordova

Don Nottoli
Sacramento County
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 two‐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.
SACOG’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 “Tier 2” projects that could receive funding if additional resources become available.
Jeff Starsky Appointed JPA Chair
Folsom Vice Mayor Jeff Starsky has been elected chair of the Connector JPA board and El Dorado County Supervisor Ron Mikulaco has been elected vice chair.  Both assume their new duties in January 2016.  Starsky previously served as Board chair in 2011, while Mikulaco joined the JPA Board in 2013.
El Dorado County Expects Silva Valley Interchange Opening in 2016
El Dorado County recently reported that good progress is being made on construction of the Silva Valley Interchange at Highway 50 in El Dorado Hills, which will serve as the Connector’s eastern terminus.  The interchange is expected to open in the summer 2016.
The $30 million project includes the new overcrossing over Highway 50, on and off ramps with signalized intersections, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities.  The project will provide more direct access to Highway 50 for area residents and businesses that would otherwise be required to use El Dorado Hills Boulevard, Latrobe Road or Bass Lake Road.      
Construction Expected Soon on Connector Segment in Elk Grove
Connector implementation took another step forward with Connector JPA approval on December 14 of plans to expedite delivery of a one-third mile segment in Elk Grove on Grant Line Road from Waterman Road to Mosher Road.  Construction work by the city of Elk Grove on that segment could begin as soon as 2017.
The Connector JPA is providing $3.8 million in Measure A transportation sales-tax revenue to the project while Elk Grove is transferring $5.3 million in federal grants to the JPA that it was awarded by the Sacramento Area Council of Governments for work on Grant Line Road between Waterman Road and Bradshaw Road.  The JPA will be responsible for delivering the segment between Mosher Road and Bradshaw Road.
In a related action, the Connector JPA soon will issue a request for proposals to perform preliminary engineering and environmental documentation on the one-mile Mosher Road to Bradshaw Road segment.
The funding swap enables the Waterman-Mosher project to move forward more quickly because Measure A funds can be used for construction under the city’s approved California Environmental Quality Act environmental document for the adjacent Grant Line Bridge that opened in September 2015.  This will enable Elk Grove to cut approximately 12 months off of its construction schedule.