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Issue: #69
July, 2020
Infrastructure Upgrades

Traffic is low and infrastructure construction in underway on and along Highway 50! Here is the scoop on your local roadwork.

Green Valley Road Widened and Outfitted with Bike Lanes
The Green Valley Road widening project in Folsom is now complete, adding four travel lanes, buffered Class II bike lanes, a painted median/turn lane, and a parking area for the Mormon Island Wetlands State Park. Green Valley Road is an important connection between Folsom and El Dorado County, and is used by more than 25,000 motorists per day.  


Project Updates in Rancho Cordova

Highway 50 and Zinfandel Drive Interchange 
Construction on the Highway 50 and Zinfandel Drive Interchange Improvements Project is coming to an end. This project added an additional lane on Zinfandel Drive over Highway 50, modified the highway entrance and exit ramps, added bicycle lanes and modified traffic signals. This project will improve operations, alleviate congestion and provide safer routes for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians on Zinfandel Drive from White Rock Road to Olson Drive.

Folsom Boulevard Beautification and Enhancement
The final phase of the Folsom Boulevard Beautification and Enhancement Project, Phase V, is underway. The project will enhance Folsom Boulevard from Bradshaw Road to Horn Road and from Kilgore Road to Sunrise Boulevard. This will include landscaped medians, new sidewalks, streetscape improvements at intersections, drainage facilities and new streetlights. Construction began in February and the project is expected to be completed in Fall 2020.

Sunrise Boulevard Rehabilitation
The Sunrise Boulevard Rehabilitation Project began in Spring 2020 and is anticipated to be completed by Fall 2020. This project will renovate Sunrise Boulevard between Folsom Boulevard and White Rock Road. Project improvements will include resurfacing the roadway, rehabilitating the landscaping, improving ADA access, shared use paths, bike lanes, striping and traffic signal modifications. The project is designed to continue to improve transportation, accessibility and safety for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians traveling in the area.

Construction on US-50

A Fix Near Fresh Pond
Construction could start as early as this fall to repair a chronic problem area on the roadway near Fresh Pond, just east of the Pollock Pines area in El Dorado County. The project will repair a slip out that occurred in 2017, when the hillside eroded underneath the road for around 300 feet. The road cracked and sunk up to 5 inches in some areas. The road was temporarily restored, although the asphalt started cracking again within a month. T he project calls for the construction of a 425-foot-long and 55-foot-tall retaining wall and a concrete barrier along the westbound section of the highway. It will also add a 5-foot shoulder, and overlay new asphalt.  Construction will take approximately 300 working days, and the project is estimated to be completed in June 2022. 

Carpool Lanes Added in Sacramento
C onstruction could start in November on more than 7 miles of Highway 50,  between Watt Avenue and Interstate 5. The project will add a new carpool lane in either direction, in addition to the existing traffic lanes on Highway 50. The project will also do the following:
  • Replace all the concrete pavement in that section.
  • Add a new sound wall on the south side of the freeway in the Elmhurst neighborhood, between Stockton Boulevard and 65th Street.
  • Lower the road at seven over-crossings, in order to improve the vertical clearance distance for trucks. over-crossings are at Alhambra Boulevard, 48th, 51st, and 59th streets, the 59th Street offramp over-crossing, Howe Avenue and Occidental Drive.
  • Rehabilitate three pumping plants that pump groundwater away from the freeway.
The bulk of the project is set to be complete by December 2023.

El Dorado Transit News

El Dorado Transit announced it will resume fare collection beginning Aug. 1 for all services. Front-door boarding will also resume in all buses.  Passengers who previously were using Connect Card with "auto-load" features need to reapply the "auto-load" information at prior to Aug. 1.



SmaRT Ride Service Expansion in Rancho Cordova
Have you tried SmaRT Ride? Expanded service area began June 15, and service transitioned to corner-to-corner.  SmaRT Ride is similar to other ride-share services where customers can use a smartphone app to request a ride that will pick up and drop off passengers within the service boundaries.


Vineyard Area to Downtown/West Sacramento
7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Monday through Friday
$50 per month (only one seat available)

Vineyard Area to Downtown/West Sacramento
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
$50 per month

Sunridge/Anatolia to Downtown Sacramento
7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday
7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Fridays with alternative Fridays off
$30 per month

Sunridge/Anatolia/Stonecreek to Old Sacramento/West Sacramento
7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
$30 per month

Anatolia Clubhouse to Downtown Sacramento 
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
Price to be determined

Vineyard or Anatolia to Amazon
7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., all days
$50 per month

Vineyard to Folsom 
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
$50 per month