Capital SouthEast Connector Secures $20 Million Through California Transportation Commission’s Local Partnership Program
The Connector 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.
Grant Award Signals Strong Road Ahead for the Sacramento Region’s Largest Approved Transportation Project
MATHER, CA (MPG) - The Capital SouthEast Connector Joint Powers Authority today announced the award of $20 million in grant funding through 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. The Connector received the third largest statewide funding award of close to 90 grant applications for projects throughout California.
“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.”
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 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, provide parallel capacity to Highway 50, and 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.
About The Connector JPA
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