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Capital SouthEast Connector eNewsletter
January 2017
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Environmental review underway for Connector Elk Grove segment 
Environmental review on the Connector segment between Waterman Road and Bradshaw Road in Elk Grove (segment B2) is moving forward, with release of the draft environmental document for public review and comment anticipated early this year.  The project is being managed by TRC Engineers, Inc.
 
Soil test drilling on the Connector B2 segment.  
Planning work progresses on Rancho Cordova-Sacramento County segment
Environmental review on the 7.4-mile Connector D2 segment (Grant Line Road between Jackson Highway and White Rock Road) has been underway for several months, and release of the draft environmental assessment for public review and comment is anticipated for the summer 2017.

The D2 project will widen Grant Line Road from two lanes to four lanes.  The proposed alignment will generally follow the existing Grant Line Road with minor adjustments to avoid wetland preserves. The project may also include frontage roads or private driveways to maintain existing access for adjacent properties.

David Sander appointed JPA Board chair

The Connector JPA Board of Directors at its December meeting elected Rancho Cordova Mayor David Sander as its chair.

Sander was appointed to the Connector JPA Board in 2012, and previously served as chair from 2012 to 2013.  He has been a Rancho Cordova City Council member since 2003. 
 
“I’m excited to again be assuming a leadership role in making the Connector more of a regional priority and look forward to working with regional partners to get it built sooner rather than later,” said Sander.  “The Connector will have a hugely positive impact on the Sacramento region’s economic development and significantly improve our overall transportation network.”
Hidahl and Miklos appointed to JPA Board
Newly elected El Dorado County Supervisor John Hidahl and Folsom City Council Member Steve Miklos have been appointed to represent their juriscictions on the Connector JPA Board.  Hidahl was elected to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors in November 2016.  Miklos was first elected to the Folsom City Council in 1994.
 
Steve Miklos
John Hidahl
Connector JPA releases Request for Qualifications
The Connector JPA is seeking firms for Intelligent Transportation System, Corridor Enhancement and Sustainability Planning Services.  Proposals are due by Friday, January 20, 2017, at 4 p.m.   
Click here for RFQ
JPA Chair Sander interviewed on AM 1380
JPA Board Chair David Sander on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, spoke with AM 1380's Phil Cowan on the need for and challenges of delivering the Connector project.  Click here to listen.  

As Sander points out in the interview:
  • $170 million worth of construction work using Measure A sales-tax funds (in Sacramento County) and other sources has already been completed along the alignment
  • Five miles of the 34-mile alignment have already been built
  • The Connector JPA in the past 30 months has awarded eight contracts worth $14.4 million for planning and engineering work along the alignment
  • Preliminary or final engineering work is underway on approximately 19 miles of the 34-mile alignment
  • Construction on the Folsom segment is anticipated to begin in 2018
Recent storms underscore need for the Connector
The Connector expressway will be brought up to 100-year flood standards to provide an alternative evacuation route in the south county area.  This video shows poor driving conditions on Grant Line Road during the heavy rainstorm on Jan. 10, 2017.
Connector JPA Board meets January 27
The next Connector JPA Board meeting will be held on Friday, Jan. 27, at 8:30 a.m. at the Rancho Cordova City Council Chambers, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, Rancho Cordova.  The meeting agenda and related materials when finalized will be available on the Connector project website.
Sacramento Drivers pay $2,270 annually for poor roads
A new report from TRIP, a national transportation research group, details the impact deficient and congested roadways have on the average California motorist, noting that California drivers pay $53.6 billion annually as a result of the declining state of California’s roadways.  Average per-driver costs in Sacramento are $2,270 annually.

TRIP calculated the cost to the average motorist in Sacramento in the form of additional vehicle operating costs, congestion-related delays and traffic crashes.  The report found that 37% of major roadways in the state are in poor condition, while only 21% are in good condition. 

 
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