Sacramento County sales tax measure goes to November 2016 ballot Sacramento County voters will be asked this November to approve a half-cent sales tax that will fund a wide variety of transportation improvements. If approved by two-thirds of county voters, Measure B will generate an estimated $3.6 billion over 30 years for maintenance, road and transit projects, with more than $125 million committed to construction of the 34-mile Connector expressway. The Connector was a featured project when the current half-cent sales-tax program was approved in 2004, and funding from that program has enabled planning efforts to move forward since that time. More information: www.sacramentogo.com.
Silva Valley Parkway Interchange opens on Highway 50
The Connector has taken another step forward with the completion of the $56 million Silva Valley Parkway interchange as its eastern terminus at Highway 50 in El Dorado Hills. With the exception of $1 million in state funds, the entire interchange was funded through local development impact fees.
"It took four years of environmental and engineering design work to get the project ready for construction, and we had great political leadership to get us there," said Connector Project Manager Derek Minnema, who previously headed design work on the new interchange.
The interchange provides more direct access to Highway 50 for area residents and workers, who would otherwise be required to access the highway from El Dorado Hills Boulevard, Latrobe Road or Bass Lake Road.
El Dorado County Supervisor and Connector JPA Board Member Ron Mikulaco speaks at July 7 event to officially open the new Silva Valley Parkway Interchange (in background) on Highway 50 in El Dorado Hills.
Environmental review proceeds on Connector Sacramento County and Rancho Cordova corridor Extensive preliminary design work has been performed by the JPA consultant team on the Connector segment along Grant Line Road between Jackson Highway and White Rock Road in Sacramento County and Rancho Cordova. Work done so far includes coordination with Caltrans on the environmental analysis scope, environmental field studies, and coordination with various landowners along the corridor to initially identify the best possible alignment and future interchanges.
Environmental work underway on Elk Grove alignment Engineering and environmental review has recently started on the one-mile segment of the Connector in Elk Grove along Grant Line Road between Mosher Road and Bradshaw Road. The project, which will identify a proposed specific alignment, is expected to be completed by May 2018.
RFP for work on Folsom-El Dorado County corridor released The Connector JPA has released a request for proposals for engineering design and right of way acquisition services on the alignment along White Rock Road between Prairie City Road in Folsom and Latrobe Road in El Dorado Hills. Proposals are due by Friday, July 29, with work expected to begin in September 2016. More information: http://www.connectorjpa.net/contract-opportunities.html.
South Sacramento HCP making progress
The South Sacramento Habitat Conservation Plan (SSHCP) has made substantial progress recently, with public release of its EIS/EIR expected this summer. The Connector is a sponsor of the SSHCP, which will streamline federal and state permitting processes for SSHCP-covered development and infrastructure projects while protecting habitat, open space and agricultural lands. The SSHCP includes several conservation actions to create a large interconnected preserve system that will ensure the long-term viability of SSHCP-covered plant and wildlife species. More information: http://southsachcp.com/.
Connector JPA Board meets August 26 The Connector JPA Board will next meet on Friday, August 26, at the Rancho Cordova City Council Chambers, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, Rancho Cordova. For more information on this and other 2016 Connector JPA Board meetings, please visit http://www.connectorjpa.net/jpa-board-meeting-materials.html.