Environmental Work Begins on Rancho Cordova Alignment
Preliminary engineering and environmental work on the seven-mile Connector alignment in and near Rancho Cordova on Grant Line Road between White Rock Road and Jackson Highway (State Route 16) has been launched under a contract awarded to CH2M. The project will include base mapping and surveying, geotechnical and drainage studies, project-level traffic analysis, utility coordination, geometric civil design, project-level environmental documentation, right-of-way mapping, structure type selections and cost estimates. Work is anticipated to be completed in early 2018.
With this work beginning, preliminary engineering and initial design has been completed or is in process on nearly 50 percent of the 34-mile Connector alignment.
Contract Awarded for Engineering on Elk Grove Alignment The Connector JPA Board at its February meeting approved a contract with TRC Engineering for engineering design and environmental documentation services on the Connector alignment in Elk Grove on Grant Line Road from Mosher Road to Bradshaw Road.
This action is the result of a December funding agreement under which the Connector JPA is allocating $3.8 million in Measure A transportation sales-tax revenue for City of Elk Grove construction of a one-third mile segment of Grant Line Rd. between Waterman Rd. and Mosher Rd. Elk Grove under the agreement is transferring $5.3 million in federal grants it was awarded by the Sacramento Area Council of Governments for work on Grant Line Road between Waterman Road and Bradshaw Road to the JPA. The JPA will be responsible for delivering the segment between Mosher Road and Bradshaw Road.
The funding swap enables the Waterman-Mosher project to move forward more quickly because Measure A funds can be used for construction under the cityâ€™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.
Environmental Review Certified for Folsom-El Dorado Hills Segment The Connector JPA Board at its January meeting certified the Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration analyzing environmental impacts of the 5.5-mile Connector alignment between Prairie City Road south of Folsom and Latrobe Road in El Dorado Hills.
The JPA plans to reconstruct White Rock Road on a new alignment south of Highway 50 as a four lane expressway with a center median and adjacent multi-use trail. The project also includes signalized intersections and a realignment of Scott Road south to connect with Prairie City Road. Construction on this alignment is anticipated to start in 2018.
Decision on Sacramento County Transportation Sales Tax Expected
The Sacramento Transportation Authority, which administers the countywide Measure A half-cent sales-tax program, is expected to decide at its April 14 Governing Board meeting whether to move ahead with a November 2016 ballot measure asking county voters to approve an additional half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements.
The Connector was a featured project when the current sales-tax program was approved in 2004, and funding from that program has enabled planning efforts to continue moving forward. Itâ€™s expected that the Connector would again be a featured project in a potential new measure and the additional funding it would provide if approved would enable a quick transition from planning to construction on much of the alignment.
Connector JPA Board Meets May 6 The Connector JPA Board will next meet on Friday, May 6, at the Rancho Cordova City Council Chambers, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, Rancho Cordova. For more information on this and other 2016 Connector JPA Board meetings, please visit http://www.connectorjpa.net/2014-board-materials-2/.