Rancho Cordova Approves General Plan Amendment for Connector Expressway
The City of Rancho Cordova this week became the fourth Capital SouthEast Connector Joint Power Authority jurisdiction to adopt a general plan amendment supporting implementation of the expressway project south of Highway 50.
The amendment was unanimously approved by the Rancho Cordova City Council at its Monday, May 4, meeting.
The 34-mile Connector expressway 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 Rancho Cordova is along Grant Line Road between the Jackson Highway (State Route 16) and White Rock Road.
General plan amendments in the JPA jurisdictions will ensure consistent Connector design and implementation across the entire alignment.
In Rancho Cordova, the amendment also recognizes the Connector expressway as an approved city project and reserves land for its construction.
Sacramento County in May 2014 and Elk Grove in March 2015 approved general plan amendments supporting Connector implementation, and Folsom in August 2014 approved a Connector-related amendment to the Folsom Plan Area Specific Plan.
The Connectorâ€™s first phase, envisioned to be completed between 2018 and 2023, includes four continuous lanes; expanded at-grade intersections; a separated path for pedestrians, bicyclists and equestrians; and right-of-way preservation for the projectâ€™s full build out.
The projectâ€™s second phase includes interchanges and additional HOV lanes in some segments, and would be completed as demand necessitates and additional funding is made available.