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

Don Nottoli Appointed JPA Chair; Pat Hume Appointed Vice Chair

Sacramento County Supervisor Don Nottoli has been appointed chair of the Connector JPA board of directors, while Elk Grove City Council Member Pat Hume has been appointed vice chair.
Nottoli has served on the Connector JPA board since 2006 and since 1995 on the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, where he represents the cities of Elk Grove, Galt, Isleton and Rancho Cordova, as well as rural farming areas and communities in the southern portion of Sacramento County and the Delta.
“The Connector is a vitally important regional transportation project which will have significant congestion-relief and economic-development impacts, and I’m pleased to have the opportunity to serve as chair and help continue moving the project forward over the next several months,” said Nottoli.
In addition to his Connector JPA board role, Hume has served on the Elk Grove City Council since 2006. 

SACOG Initiates 2016 MTP/SCS Update

The Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) has initiated a process to update the Metropolitan Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (MTP/SCS) by early 2016.
The MTP/SCS is the long-range transportation planning document for the six-county SACOG region.  SACOG is required under federal and state law to maintain the plan and update it at least every four years.  The current plan was adopted in 2012.
The Connector JPA will be closely monitoring and heavily engaged in the MTP update process to ensure that the Connector remains identified as a top regional transportation-investment priority.

Connector JPA Board Approves Revised Plan of Finance

The Connector JPA board in January unanimously approved a revised Plan of Finance for the project.  The adopted revised finance plan clarifies that JPA member jurisdictions – Sacramento County, El Dorado County, Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova and Folsom – are not obligated to any project-related financial contribution or funding and assumes a reduced growth scenario.


Rancho Cordova Receives Grant for Douglas/Grant Line Road Signal

The City of Rancho Cordova has received a Highway Safety Improvement Program grant to build a traffic signal at the intersection of Douglas Road/ Grant Line Road.  The project will install a new traffic signal and will widen Douglas Road and Grant Line Road to accommodate left turn and right turn pockets along with bike lanes.  Environmental clearance is expected this fall and construction is anticipated in the following construction season.

Connector Representatives Available for Community Presentations

As the Connector planning and implementation process moves forward, project representatives are available to provide presentations to community groups, neighborhood associations or other audiences interested in knowing more about its role in the region’s future transportation network.  Please contact the JPA office at 916-876-9094 or for more information and to request a presentation.

Sacramento County Board of Supervisors to Consider Connector General Plan Amendment

The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors on April 9 is expected to consider approval of a General Plan amendment that supports implementation of the voter-approved Capital SouthEast Connector
The current Sacramento County General Plan designation for the Connector alignment – six lanes with concrete curb and gutter, medians and parkways – is inconsistent with the area’s rural nature.
The Sacramento County Planning Commission in January unanimously recommended approval of the General Plan amendment.
“Sacramento County’s approval of the General Plan amendment will be a significant step forward for the Connector,” said Tom Zlotkowski, executive director of the Connector Joint Powers Authority (JPA).  “We expect the other JPA jurisdictions to also approve general plan amendments supporting the Connector within the next few months.  That will position us well to successfully pursue the additional funding we’ll need to get construction underway.”  
A general plan amendment will next be considered in Folsom, with Rancho Cordova, Elk Grove and El Dorado County to follow.
The amendments will help ensure consistent Connector design and implementation across the five JPA member jurisdictions, and set the stage for the more detailed planning and design that will take place during the project-level environmental review of specific Connector segments.

Connector to Kick-Off Ag Outreach Effort
To help ensure that its planning continues to be informed by stakeholder input, the Connector JPA will be holding meetings over the next several months with members of the area agricultural community and other landowners near the anticipated alignment.  Discussions will be designed to solicit feedback on issues such as access, safety, impact on agricultural operations, community compatibility, and more.  Initial meetings are planned for April.

Ag community outreach so far has included an area tour by Connector JPA Executive Director Tom Zlotkowski (left) and Assemblymember Ken Cooley (third from left).

El Dorado County Breaks Ground on Silva Valley Interchange Project

El Dorado County in January formally broke ground on construction of an interchange at Silva Valley Parkway and US 50.  The ground-breaking event included remarks from Connector JPA board member and El Dorado County Supervisor Ron Mikulaco (left) and Connector JPA board Chair and Sacramento County Supervisor Don Nottoli.
The $46-million first phase of the Silva Valley interchange project includes US 50 on and off ramps, bridge overcrossing and auxiliary lanes.  A future phase will add eastbound and westbound loop on-ramps to US 50.


Sacramento County Cuts Ribbon on Improved White Rock Road Segment


Sacramento County and Rancho Cordova in February cut the ribbon on a new two-mile stretch of White Rock Road south of Highway 50 between Grant Line Road and Prairie City Road that greatly improves area travel for residents and workers.  The improved segment also provides a glimpse of what the overall 34-mile Connector will look like after the first phase is completed.
The event featured remarks by Connector JPA board Chair and Sacramento County Supervisor Don Nottoli, Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna, Folsom Mayor Kerri Howell, Rancho Cordova Mayor Dan Skoglund and Sacramento County Transportation Director Mike Penrose.   Check out video of the event on the Connector website.