Board overseeing Elk Grove-El Dorado connector taps new leaders
Elk Groveâ€™s vice mayor and a Folsom City Council member have been named the top two officers of the Capitol Connector Joint Powers Authority board.
Pat Hume of Elk Grove was elected board chair and Jeff Starsky of Folsom was picked vice chair at the boardâ€™s December meeting. The board is responsible for a planned 35-mile highway between Interstate 5 in Elk Grove and Highway 50 east of El Dorado Hills.
â€œThe Connector is a critical piece of this regionâ€™s future transportation network that will create thousands of jobs and provide huge economic-development benefits. I expect over the next year to see significant progress in moving the project closer to construction,â€ Hume said in a news release today...
Elk Grove Vice Mayor Pat Hume Elected Chair of Connector JPA Board Folsom City Council Member Jeff Starsky Elected Vice Chair
Mather, Calif., Dec. 23, 2014 â€“The Capital SouthEast Connector Joint Powers Authority announced that Elk Grove Vice Mayor Pat Hume has been elected chair of the Capital SouthEast Connector JPA board of directors and Folsom City Council Member Jeff Starsky has been elected vice chair.
The action was taken by the JPA board at its December meeting.
Hume has been a Connector JPA board member since 2007, serving as chair in 2010, and an Elk Grove City Council Member since 2006.
â€œThe Connector is a critical piece of this regionâ€™s future transportation network that will create thousands of jobs and provide huge economic-development benefits. I expect over the next year to see significant progress in moving the project closer to construction,â€ said Hume.
Starsky has served on the JPA board since 2009 and on the Folsom City Council since 2000. He served as JPA board chair in 2011.
The 35-mile Connector will connect Interstate 5 south of Elk Grove to Highway 50 just east of El Dorado Hills. The projectâ€™s first phase, envisioned to be completed between 2018 and 2023, will include construction of a Connector â€œbackboneâ€ featuring four continuous lanes, expanded at-grade intersections at all major access points, a continuous path for pedestrians, bicyclists and equestrians, and right-of-way preservation for the projectâ€™s full build out including future interchanges.
The projectâ€™s second phase includes interchanges and additional lanes in some segments, and would be completed over the subsequent 10 years to 20 years as additional funding is made available and demand necessitates additional improvements.
Construction of the Connector is expected to create more than 5,400 new full-time jobs, and generate $310 million in new labor income, $831 million in new regional economic output and more than $23 million in new indirect business tax revenue. Over 20 years, the Connector is expected to create more than 25,000 total new direct and indirect jobs, and generate $2.5 billion in new economic output and $182 million in new indirect business tax revenue.