The City of Folsom is one of five jurisdictions represented in the Capital SouthEast Connector Joint Powers Authority (JPA) that is tasked with construction of a the 34-mile expressway and parallel bicycle/pedestrian trail south of Highway 50 that will connect Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova, Folsom and El Dorado Hills.
The Connector will enable people and commerce to bypass downtown Sacramento and Highway 50 congestion, provide better access to job centers, dramatically improve vehicular and pedestrian safety, enable more efficient goods movement, provide an all-weather flood evacuation route and enable more efficient farm-to-fork agricultural commerce.
The project’s first phase includes construction of four continuous lanes from Interstate 5 in Elk Grove to the new Silva Valley Parkway interchange at Highway 50 in El Dorado Hills, expanded at-grade intersections at all major access points, and a continuous path for pedestrians, bicyclists and equestrians.
Construction of the Connector expressway is expected to generate 5,400 jobs and $310 million in new labor income, $831 million in new regional economic output and more than $23 million in new indirect business tax revenue. Over 20 years, the Connector is expected to create more than 25,000 total new direct and indirect jobs, and generate $2.5 billion in new economic output and $182 million in new indirect business tax revenue.
Connector in Folsom
The Connector alignment in Folsom is along White Rock Road, connecting on the west to a 2-mile already improved section between Prairie City Road and Grant Line Road and on the east to the Sacramento County line. The Connector JPA estimates that it will cost approximately $40 million to convert the 5.5-mile segment of White Rock Road between Prairie City Road and the county line to a four-lane expressway. Funding for the project will come from the Sacramento County Measure A transportation sales-tax program, and a combination of state funds and local development fees. Final design of that segment is currently underway and construction could begin in 2018 if required funding is secured.