Folsom City Council Approves Specific Plan Amendment for
Capital SouthEast Connector Expressway
Mather, Calif., Aug. 27, 2014 â€“The Folsom City Council last night added to recent momentum for construction of the voter-approved Capital SouthEast Connector expressway when it unanimously approved a Folsom Plan Area Specific Plan amendment supporting the projectâ€™s implementation.
The action was taken at the Councilâ€™s Tuesday, Aug. 26 meeting.
The 34-mile Connector will connect Interstate 5 south of Elk Grove to Highway 50 at the new Silva Valley Parkway interchange just east of El Dorado Hills. Its planned alignment in Folsom is along White Rock Road.
The specific plan amendment indicates that access to the Connector will be limited to 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 follow.
â€œWeâ€™re very pleased with the City Councilâ€™s expression of support for getting the Connector built. Weâ€™ll now move quickly to do required environmental planning in the Folsom section in anticipation of getting into construction as soon as we can secure additional funding,â€ Tom Zlotkowski, executive director of the Connector JPA.
The Connectorâ€™s overall first phase, expected to be completed between 2019 and 2025 and estimated to cost $315 million, will include construction of a four-lane roadway over the entire 34-mile length, improved at-grade intersections, a continuous multi-use path, and right-of-way preservation for the projectâ€™s full build out.
The projectâ€™s second phase includes interchanges and two additional lanes in some segments, and would be completed as demand dictates and additional funding is obtained.
The plan amendments in the JPA jurisdictions ensure consistent Connector design and implementation, and set the stage for more detailed planning and design during the environmental review of specific Connector segments.