Elk Grove Receives $8.2 Million In Grant Funding
The Sacramento Area Council of Governments recently made public information on funds granted. The City of Elk Grove is receiving $8.2 million in funding for five projects. The projects include Elk Grove Creek Trail improvements, ITS 5A internet modifications, creating a right turn lane from Laguna Boulevard to West Stockton Boulevard, Lewis Stein and West Stockton Boulevard pavement and modernization, and the Old Town Streetscape Project.
A total of $132.4 million is being awarded to various governmental bodies within a six county region.
Funds Awarded to the City of Elk Grove
For Five Projects
1. Elk Grove Creek Trail Gap Closure (Laguna Springs Drive to Oneto Park) $1,213,000
Proposed Project: Along the south side of Elk Grove Creek from Laguna Springs Drive to Oneto Park: construct a Class 1 multiuse trail. On Laguna Springs Drive from Elk Grove Boulevard to Laguna Palms Way: add Class 2 bike lanes.
2. ITS 5A – Signal and Intersection Modifications $802,000
Proposed Project: Connect existing city fiber and copper signal interconnect cable at up to eight intersections and install new fiber-optic communications lines and communication hubs at two new intersections.
3. Laguna Boulevard right turn lane to West Stockton Boulevard $1,768,000
Proposed Project: At the intersection of Laguna Boulevard and West Stockton Boulevard, convert the existing right turn lane into a westbound vehicle lane, add a new westbound Class II bike lane, a new right turn lane, and video detection.
4. Lewis Stein Road and West Stockton Boulevard pavement rehabilitation and modernization $511,000
Proposed Project: On Lewis Stein Road from Sheldon Road to West Stockton Boulevard and West Stockton Boulevard from Lewis Stein Road to Dunisch Road: design and construct the rehabilitation of the roadway and Class II bike lanes; install crosswalks and replace 34 non-compliant ADA ramps; install detectable warning surfaces at commercial driveways; and resurface 2,800 feet of Class I multi-use trail parallel and south of West Stockton Boulevard.
5. Old Town Elk Grove Streetscape Project: Phase 2 $4,000,000
Proposed Project: On Elk Grove Boulevard from west of Derr Street to Waterman Road: construct roadway rehabilitation with buffered Class II bike lanes, landscaped property frontages, sidewalks, crosswalks with rectangular rapid flashing beacons, enhanced bus shelters, and drainage improvements. The grant funding will fully fund the construction of the project. Design is 65-percent complete with construction scheduled to start in early 2020.
Thoughts of Vice-Mayor Darren Suen
The funding from SACOG came from the Regional Surface Transportation Program, the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program, the State Transportation Improvement Program as well as SACOG Managed Funds.
Vice-Mayor of Elk Grove Darren Suen is Elk Grove’s representative on the Sacramento Area Council of Governments. Suen has worked as a civil engineer and a project manager. In addition to being our Vice-Mayor, he has also served as Vice Chair of the land use and natural resources committee. Currently Suen is the Vice Chair of the transportation committee. During his mayoral campaign, one of his primary areas of focus was transportation as well as land use.
Suen emphasizes that there is a lot more work to be done. He intends to continue working hard to meet the needs of our city.
“The complexity of this work can’t be overstated as the region wrestles with more stringent state requirements of meeting greenhouse gas reduction, less federal and state funding availability, unsustainable reliance on fuel tax, and a growing need of repairs and capital improvements around the six-county region. Working together with city and SACOG staff to navigate the technical requirements of the grant process and despite more pressing needs, I believe a balanced and equitable distribution of funds was the final outcome this year. During my service, I will continue seeking to lead on our funding priority for Kammerer Road, funding for trails, next generation transit, and conversations on regional issues that support innovation and sustainable growth.”