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$20M grant secured for Capital SouthEast Connector

By: Linneah Flahive
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The Capital SouthEast Connector Joint Powers Authority was awarded a $20 million grant through Senate Bill 1 to help further the construction of the 34-mile expressway, which passes through the south of Folsom.

The funding was provided by the California Transportation Commission’s (CTC) Local Partnership Program (LPP) available through Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.

The funding is a boost to the expressway project, which has widespread benefits throughout and beyond the Sacramento region, including Folsom.

“We are very pleased with the California Transportation Commission’s recognition of the exceptional benefits the Connector will provide to rural communities, goods movement and traffic safety throughout the greater Sacramento region, as evident in their decision to fully fund our grant request of $20 million,” said Derek Minnema, executive director of the Capital SouthEast Connector JPA. “We’re also grateful for the overwhelming continued project support and are excited to move this project forward thanks to this funding.”

The grant will help fund the Connector project which closes a rural-to-suburban connectivity gap by transforming 34 miles of two-lane rural roads into a state-of-the-art, four-lane expressway connecting the communities of the City of Elk Grove, Sacramento County, City of Rancho Cordova, City of Folsom and El Dorado County.

The new expressway will provide instant regional congestion relief to downtown Sacramento, all while providing parallel capacity to Highway 50 as well as an evacuation route for the southeastern part of Sacramento County. Project benefits also extend beyond the region as the Connector has been identified as a key project within California’s Central Valley Major International Trade Region, and will connect three U.S. Department of Transportation’s Primary Freight Network Routes that are the backbone of goods movement within the Central Valley.

Earlier this year, the Sacramento Transportation Authority ranked the Connector as it’s No. 1 regional transportation project pursuing funding through the CTC’s LPP grant program.

This funding award comes at a critical time for the project. The Connector was one of only two California projects, and the only rural project, that applied for federal dollars through the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant program that received LPP funding. The $20 million grant by the CTC will increase the capacity to strongly leverage state dollars if federal funding is awarded.

With funding through the LPP grant, $40 million in needed roadway improvements in Elk Grove, Folsom and Sacramento County will begin.

The Connector JPA was formed in December 2006 and includes Sacramento County, El Dorado County and the cities of Elk Grove, Folsom and Rancho Cordova. It is responsible for the Connector’s planning, environmental review, engineering design, development and construction.

For more information, visit www.connectorjpa.net.