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The City of Citrus Heights has been awarded a total of $11,115,000 in the 2020-2021 Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) competitive funding round — the largest amount the City has ever received in one round.
This award comes after an impressive cross-departmental collaboration to develop competitive funding applications in three grant program areas for Auburn Boulevard and two program areas for Old Auburn Road. Staff from the City’s General Services, Planning, Engineering, Economic Development, and Communications teams worked together to develop comprehensive applications that position Citrus Heights as a crucial part of regional connectivity, with innovative ideas and a history of success. New this year, the SACOG review committee requested presentations from grant finalists, and the City put together an interactive, 3D tour of Auburn Blvd., showing success from Phase 1, plans for Phase 2, videos, safety spotlights, and more.
The Auburn Boulevard Complete Streets Phase 2 application was awarded $9 million of highly competitive funding, the full amount the City’s application requested. This funding allows the City to complete the planned improvements in one construction phase, reducing private property impacts and resulting in a better overall product for the best price possible. The newly awarded SACOG funds add to an existing $14 million investment, totaling $23 million for construction along the boulevard from Rusch Park to the Louis Orlando Transit Station in Roseville. The $14 million existing investment is comprised of non-general City funds, including previously awarded SACOG grants, State SB1 funds, and more.
Phase 2 Auburn Boulevard improvements outlined in the City’s application include wide, separated sidewalks, significantly enhanced bike lanes, intelligent transportation upgrades for intersections, driveway reductions, landscaped medians, pavement rehabilitation, and more. There are also plans for a new signalized intersection near the Citrus Heights/Roseville gateway, to increase safety and enhance the entrance to the City. Construction is slated to start in 2023 and be completed within two years.
The second project awarded SACOG funding in this historic round for the City of Citrus Heights is the Old Auburn Road Complete Streets (OARCS) Project. The SACOG regional Active Transportation Program (ATP) grant cycle designated the OARCS project $2,115,000 out of $11,773,000 total funding for the six counties (El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba) and the 22 cities within. Again, the City was awarded the full amount requested, and this accomplishment is a testament to the dedicated work of City staff members who developed the OARCS plan, and the support of City Council.
The extensive planning efforts around the OARCS project, which included an innovative road diet demonstration project, enabled the City to submit a successful grant application for ATP funding. This funding marks the start of a new look and feel for Old Auburn, one that takes all modes of transportation into consideration and provides equity and access for users of all ages and abilities. The $2.115 million SACOG funds will allow the City to complete design for the first phase of the Old Auburn Road project, from Garry Oak Drive to Tiara Way, and position the City for competitive construction grant funding in the future.
“Collective support from our residents and partners like Dignity Health’s pedestrian safety team and the Auburn Boulevard Business Association, all helped demonstrate the community’s commitment to these projects” said Citrus Heights City Manager Chris Boyd. “We are grateful for all those who participated in the road diet demonstration project, provided input via surveys, and offered letters of support. These added elements of the City’s grant applications told a meaningful story around what these improvements mean for Citrus Heights and the greater Sacramento region.”
For more information about this round of regional SACOG funding, read the organization’s announcement, or visit sacog.org. Citrus Heights is represented on the SACOG Board of Directors by Vice Mayor Porsche Middleton.