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Capital SouthEast Connector 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 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 JPA Board Approves Project Segmentation Strategy

 

The Connector JPA board of directors at its July meeting adopted a project-segmentation strategy to complete a four-lane “backbone” expressway throughout the 34-mile length of the corridor as part of the overall project’s first phase.  The phasing strategy includes:
  • Project-level environmental clearance and preliminary engineering for the Connector segment between the White Rock Road-Grant Line Road intersection and Latrobe Road in El Dorado Hills.
  • Supporting Sacramento County and Elk Grove on planning work in the Connector segment between I-5 and Highway 99.
  • Using federal funding approved by the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) to initiate federal environmental review and preliminary engineering of the Connector segment stretching from the Jackson Highway to the White Rock Road-Grant Line Road intersection.
  • Working with Elk Grove and Sacramento County in pursuit of environmental clearance and preliminary engineering on the Connector segment between Highway 99 and Bond Road.
 
Requests for proposals for engineering and environmental work on the Folsom/El Dorado Hills (D3) and Jackson Highway/White Rock Road (D2) segments are expected to be released in October and December, respectively.
 
 

Rancho Cordova Welcomes Brian Nakamura as New City Manager

 

The City of Rancho Cordova on July 1 welcomed Brian Nakamura as its new city manager.  He is Rancho Cordova’s second manager since the city incorporated in 2003, succeeding Ted Gaebler, who retired in February. Nakamura previously served as city manager in Chico, Hemet, Banning, Reedley, Sutter Creek and Oregon City, Ore., and as Public Works director in Riverside. The Connector JPA wishes him a successful tenure as City Manager!
 

Connector JPA Hosts Tour for California Transportation Commissioner

In August, the Connector JPA hosted California Transportation Commissioner Jim Earp and other area elected officials including Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan, Folsom Mayor Kerri Howell, Folsom City Manager Evert Palmer and Sacramento Transportation Authority Executive Director Brian Williams on a tour of the Connector alignment to help position the project for future regional and state funding.  Earp indicated that the Connector should be a high regional transportation priority and a prime candidate for funding as it becomes available.

Sacramento Transportation Authority Launches SacramentoGO Program

 
Through its SacramentoGO outreach program, the Sacramento Transportation Authority (STA) – which manages the current Sacramento County Measure A half-cent sales tax for transportation – is looking for public input to help determine future countywide transportation priorities.
 
Through the current Measure A sales tax, Sacramento County taxpayers already have helped deliver critical improvements to the region’s transportation system, including Sacramento Regional Transit light rail extensions, bus and carpool lanes on I-80 and Highway 50, Paratransit service expansions, Folsom Lake and Lake Natoma crossings, and much more.   
 
Tell the STA which improvements you’d like to see funded in the future by visiting the SacramentoGO website (www.sacramentogo.org).  While you’re at it, follow SacramentoGO on Twitter at www.twitter.com/sactrans and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sactrans


 

Folsom City Council Approves Connector Specific Plan Amendment

 

The Folsom City Council in August added to momentum for construction of the Connector when it unanimously approved a Folsom Plan Area Specific Plan amendment supporting the project’s implementation.
 
The Specific Plan Amendment indicates that access to the Connector will be at signalized intersections at Empire Ranch Road, Scott Road, Oak Avenue and Prairie City Road, with a right in-right out at Placerville/Payen Road.  It also anticipates that interchanges will be developed in the future at Empire Ranch Road, Scott Road and Prairie City Road.
 
Folsom is the second of the five Connector Joint Power Authority jurisdictions to approve a general plan or specific plan amendment that supports Connector implementation.  The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors in May approved a Connector-related General Plan amendment.  Rancho Cordova, Elk Grove and El Dorado County will soon follow.
 
“We’re very pleased with the City Council’s expression of support for getting the Connector built.  We’ll now move quickly to do the required environmental planning and initial design on the Folsom section in anticipation of getting into construction as soon as we can secure additional funding,” said Tom Zlotkowski, executive director of the Connector JPA. 
 


Sacramento Supervisor MacGlashan and Folsom Council Member Miklos Speak Out About Importance of the Connector

 

Sacramento County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan and Folsom City Council Member Steve Miklos authored an opinion article expressing support for the Connector’s implementation that appeared in the July 8 edition of the Sacramento Bee.  Following is an excerpt from the piece: 
 
“Once the connector is built, drivers will have a safe option parallel to Highway 50 that helps them avoid the congested central core of Sacramento.  As a more direct line between the southern and eastern reaches of the region, the connector will save time and reduce fuel consumption and vehicle emissions.
 
The connector also packs a strong economic-development punch.  Building it will generate more than 5,400 new construction jobs and $310 million in new regional labor income.  Over 20 years, the connector’s construction and use will create more than 25,000 direct and indirect jobs generate $1 billion in new labor income and increase gross regional product by $1.6 billion.
 
That’s an economic impact greater than the Sacramento International Airport expansion, the Highway 65 bypass in Lincoln or the downtown arena.  And after it’s fully built, the connector will save area residents and workers millions of dollars annually due to benefits from reduced congestion.
 
Given its transportation and economic-development impacts, moving forward with the connector makes sense on many levels.  We need a variety of solutions to meet the future transportation demands of downtown Sacramento and surrounding communities.  In areas where light rail or streetcars aren’t available as near-term options, people still want safety, mobility and choice.
 
As voters told us clearly 10 years ago, the Capital SouthEast Connector needs to be one of those solutions.”
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