The City of Sacramento is preparing to begin construction on the Central City Mobility Project, which will provide safety and transit improvements in downtown and midtown.
Construction is set to begin early 2023 and residents are invited to a community workshop on Nov. 10 to hear the latest project updates. The workshop will be from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Capitol Events Center (1020 11th St.).
The project is an implementation of the Central City Specific Plan and the Grid 3.0 transportation plan, which established priorities for cars, bikes, pedestrians and transit within the Central City.
“The upcoming construction will help provide low-stress bike connections across the Central City,” said Philip Vulliet, project manager and senior engineer with the Department of Public Works. “The conversion of Fifth Street from one-way to two-way will calm traffic and provide better bicycle and vehicle circulation.”
Planned construction includes the conversion of Fifth Street from X to H streets to a two-way street, and will also include new bicycle lanes in both directions. The project will also add 62 blocks of protected bikeways to the network along Ninth Street, 10th Street, 19th Street, 21st Street, P Street, Q Street and I Street.
Funding for the project comes from several sources, including funds from Senate Bill 1’s Local Partnership Program the Affordable Housing & Sustainable Community Program, as well as funding through the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program provided through the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission’s Valley Rail Project. The Valley Rail Project will improve bicycle access to the upcoming Midtown Station on Q Street.
Project design and grant match are funded through the Downtown Impact Fees and Transportation Development Impact Fees.
This project implements a portion of the Grid 3.0 plan and the Central City Specific Plan, which involved broad public engagement to identify improvements that reflect the perspectives, interests and mobility needs of the Sacramento community.