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 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
Riders in the 2015 Amgen Tour of California bike race traveled on an eastern portion of the Connector alignment during the event’s 120-mile second stage. After starting in Nevada City, the riders passed through El Dorado Hills and Sacramento County on White Rock Road – part of the Connector’s alignment – before continuing south on Scott Road toward the Lodi finish line.

Elk Grove and Rancho Cordova approve Connector General Plan Amendments


The City of Elk Grove in March became the third jurisdiction to adopt a General Plan amendment supporting Connector implementation with unanimous City Council approval, while Rancho Cordova on May 4 followed with its approval of a Connector General Plan amendment. General Plan amendments in the JPA jurisdictions ensure consistent Connector design and implementation, and set the stage for more detailed planning during environmental review of specific Connector segments. Sacramento County in May 2014 adopted a Connector-related General Plan amendment, and Folsom in August 2014 adopted a Folsom Plan Area Specific Plan amendment supporting Connector implementation. The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors will consider a Connector General Plan Amendment later this year.

Connector discussed as regional transportation priority during Sacramento Metro Chamber Cap to Cap trip


The Connector was a featured regional transportation project priority in discussions on federal transportation funding with members of Congress, their staffs and U.S. Department of Transportation officials during the April 18-22 Sacramento Metro Chamber Cap to Cap trip to Washington, D.C. The JPA was represented by Board Chair and Elk Grove City Council Member Pat Hume, Board Member and Rancho Cordova City Council Member David Sander, and Project Manager Derek Minnema. While current funding for the federal Highway Trust Fund runs only until May 31, prospects for congressional approval of a long-term federal transportation bill appear limited. A short-term extension is more likely in the near term.

Environmental review underway on Connector segment between Prairie City Road and Latrobe Road


The Connector JPA in February approved a $1.4 million contract with Dokken Engineering for preliminary engineering and environmental documentation for the 5.5-mile segment on White Rock Road from Prairie City Road in Folsom to Latrobe Road in El Dorado Hills. The contract involves two segments of the project within both Sacramento and El Dorado Counties that may be constructed together, funding permitting.

The preliminary engineering and environmental review work is expected to be completed by the end of 2015, after which final design, right-of-way acquisition and construction can begin when additional funding is secured, possibly as early as 2018.

The total estimated cost to design and construct the segment, which connects with a recently improved 2-mile segment to the west on White Rock Road between Prairie City Road and Grant Line Road, is $54.5 million. In addition to revenues from the Sacramento County Measure A transportation sales-tax program, which would help fund construction in Sacramento County, funding is expected to come from a combination of state and local sources. Measure A funds will not be used on the El Dorado County section of the project.

Environmental review to start on 7-mile Connector segment between White Rock Road and Jackson Highway


The Connector JPA in April released a request for proposals for preliminary engineering and environmental review on a 7-mile section of the expressway bordering Rancho Cordova on Grant Line Road from Jackson Highway (State Route 16) to White Rock Road. Work is expected to begin in July 2015 with completion targeted for mid-2017. The estimated cost to build this segment of the Connector is $69 million. A construction date has not yet been set.
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Legislation benefiting Connector well received at Capital


The Assembly Transportation Committee at its April 27 meeting by a 12-0 vote approved JPA-supported legislation – AB 1171 authored by Assembly Member Eric Linder of Corona – that would extend the use of Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) procurement to regional transportation agencies, including the Connector JPA. The bill also has cleared the Assembly Appropriations Committee and now awaits an Assembly floor vote. CM/GC is an alternative contracting method to Design-Bid-Build or Design-Build and is currently authorized for use in a limited pilot program by Caltrans on state highways. For transportation projects like the Connector with sensitive schedules and potential construction challenges the CM/GC delivery method can result in significant time and cost savings.

JPA to pursue funding through SACOG Flexible Funding Round


The Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) has issued its call for project funding applications as part of the biannual Regional Flexible Funding Programs process through which state and federal funds are allocated to projects in Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba counties. The Connector was allocated $2 million for engineering and environmental work on the Grant Line Road segment from White Rock Road to Jackson Highway in the 2014 funding round and is planning to submit a request for additional funding in the upcoming 2016 round.

New board meeting dates set


Due to Board member scheduling conflicts, T the next JPA board will be held on Friday, May 22, at 8:30 a.m. at the Rancho Cordova City Council Chambers, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, Rancho Cordova. A proposed schedule for future Board meeting will be discussed at that time.