From enhancing livability to expanding economic development, transportation projects help create smart growth strategies the City needs in order to thrive. As Sacramento continues to evolve, the City must maintain, design, and construct new infrastructure improvements.
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The Department of Public Works is currently updating the Transportation Programming Guide. The Guide is a reference manual that helps City Leaders identify and prioritize projects that can be constructed when funding becomes available.
The update is being developed by the City Department of Public Works, Mayor’s office, Council Member offices, the City Planning commission, and residents. Transportation projects identified in the guide are ranked according to criteria such as congestion, public safety, economic and infill development, and cost.
The guide helps the City meet sustainability goals to promote a wide array of choices of transportation and reduce dependence upon motor vehicles. Residents are encouraged to take a few minutes to provide feedback by February 21, 2016 on the following areas:
- Major Street Improvements
- Traffic Signals
- Bicycle Facility Improvements
- Streetscape Enhancements
- Pedestrian Improvements
Projects identified from previous guides have included: The I-5 Riverfront Reconnection Project, which is a soon-to-be, more accessible gateway into Old Sacramento for vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists; and the recently completed Cosumnes River Boulevard Extension and Interchange— which improves east-west connectivity within the growing South Sacramento region, and will provide access to the planned Delta Shores community.
The guide has also been used in the decision making process when the City applies for grants. In 2015, the City received $17.3 million in federal grant funding through SACOG’s 2015 Flexible Funding Round, and the state Active Transportation Program administered through the California Transportation Commission and Caltrans.
These grants are awarded to projects that are designed to promote active transportation, mobility, regional connectivity, safety, sustainability, and expand economic development within disadvantaged communities throughout the City. Among the grants awarded, several are within or connected to the Promise Zone, which encompasses some of the most economically hardest hit communities in the region.