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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
New Board Meeting Dates
Set JPA board meetings through the end of 2015 have been rescheduled as follows:

 - Friday, Sept. 25
 - Friday, Oct. 23
 - Friday, Nov. 20
 - Friday, Dec. 18

Meetings are held at the Rancho Cordova City Council Chambers, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, Rancho Cordova and begin at 8:30 a.m.
Connector Expressway a Big Job Generator
Josh Wood Emphasizes Connector’s Job Creation Impact in Radio Interview
Sacramento Region Builders Executive Director Joshua Wood was recently interviewed on the Entrepreneurs Unlimited talk show on KHTK radio.  During the program Wood emphasized the importance of the Connector project to the Sacramento region’s economic development, highlighting the fact that its construction will generate more than 5,500 jobs.
SACOG Funding Application
The Connector JPA has submitted a funding request to the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) to help pay for construction of the Connector segment between Folsom and El Dorado Hills on White Rock Road between Prairie City Road and Latrobe Road.
 
The request was made as part of the SACOG biannual Regional Flexible Funding Programs process.  Constructing the Folsom-El Dorado Hills segment is estimated to cost $49.5 million.  Additional funding is being provided from the Sacramento County Measure A transportation sales-tax program, and a combination of requested state funding and local development fees.
 
This project will reconstruct the existing rural two‐lane road to a four-lane expressway, which will reduce congestion on Highway 50 and improve safety.  If funding is secured, construction is anticipated to take place between 2018 and 2021.
 
Initial SACOG funding recommendations are expected in October 2015, with SACOG board approval anticipated for December 2015.
New Connector Video Highlights Anticipated Congestion Reduction on Highways 50 and 99
A new video produced by the Connector JPA highlights the Connector expressway’s role in reducing congestion on Highway 50 and Highway 99 in an around the Sacramento urban core. 
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx (third from left) addresses regional transportation leaders during his July Sacramento visit.  Also pictured (L-R) are SACOG Board Chair Don Saylor, U.S. Representative Ami Bera, , U.S. Representative John Garamendi and  U.S. Representative Doris Matsui.  (Photo courtesy of office of Representative Garamendi.)
Connector Representatives Participate in U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Visit to Sacramento
Connector JPA Board Members Pat Hume (Elk Grove) and David Sander (Rancho Cordova) along with Connector JPA Executive Director Tom Zlotkowski participated in a July visit to Sacramento by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx.  The Connector was discussed during Secretary Foxx’s visit as a regional transportation project priority.
 
“Our nation’s infrastructure has long been the backbone of our economy, but we’ve been underinvesting in it for far too long.  It’s time that Congress acts to address America’s critical needs,” Foxx said in a statement during his visit.
JPA Board Reviews Alignment for Folsom-El Dorado Hills Segment
The Connector JPA Board of Directors at its July meeting reviewed a variety of issues on the anticipated Connector alignment between Prairie City Road and Latrobe Road in El Dorado Hills.  That Connector segment, known as D3/E1, will generally follow the current White Rock Road south of Highway 50.  Issues of focus include intersections with Prairie City Road, Scott Road (to the north) and the future Empire Ranch Road, and a Sacramento-Placerville Transportation Corridor railroad crossing.
 
Connector JPA staff is continuing to refine intersection designs based in part on feedback from interested stakeholders.  The portion of the alignment in El Dorado Hills is not expected to deviate from the existing White Rock Road right-of-way. 
 
The final alignment will be adopted when the environmental impact report for the D3/E1 segment is certified by the Connector JPA Board, likely in early 2017.
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