Kammerer Road Extension - Interstate 5 to Bruceville Road

Kammerer Road Extension - Interstate 5 to Bruceville Road

Project Overview

Kammerer Road within the City of Elk Grove and south Sacramento County currently exists only between Bruceville Road and Lent Ranch Parkway. The Kammerer Road Two-Lane Extension I-5 to Bruceville Road Project (“Project”) proposes to extend 2 lanes of Kammerer Road west of Bruceville Road to a connection with the I-5/Hood Franklin Interchange.  The Project proposes to improve mobility, access, and connections between residential and nonresidential land use, which have been limited due to increasing congestion. The Project is intended to link employment centers and residential areas in the transportation corridor and contribute to the remedy for current and future deficiencies in transportation capacity and land use compatibility. The Project is also intended to improve regional traffic operations, reduce existing and projected congestion, and provide a vital component of the east-west gap closure. 

Project Background

The Project is an interim phase of Segment A1 of the Capital SouthEast Connector project which will provide a new four lane 34-mile expressway link between Interstate 5 and Highway 50 through the southern area of Sacramento County into El Dorado County. The Connector Project is managed by the Capital SouthEast Connector Joint Powers Authority (Connector JPA) and includes representation from the cities of Elk Grove, Folsom and Rancho Cordova, and El Dorado and Sacramento Counties. 

In February of 2017, City staff provided a presentation to City Council on Kammerer Road, offering potential phasing options, and options to accelerate the construction schedule. At that time, Council agreed to an alternate phasing plan to construct a new two-lane road extension from Bruceville Road to I-5 as the first phase (this Project). A future phase would widen these sections to four lanes (future project). 

The first environmental clearance obtained for the Project was a California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (State Clearinghouse #2018022061) as secured by the Connector JPA, who was the CEQA lead agency.  The Initial Study resulted in approval of a Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) and adoption of a Mitigation, Monitoring, and Reporting Program (MMRP) on December 14, 2018.  While the Connector JPA acted as the CEQA lead agency, the City is acting as the CEQA Responsible Agency for all portions of the Kammerer Road Project. 

As there are currently federal funds in the right-of-way and construction phase of the Project and as there will likely be a need for additional federal funds to support construction of the Project, it is also necessary to secure additional environmental clearance for the 4 lane project through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is the NEPA Lead Agency and the City is the NEPA Responsible Agency.   

Current Phase

The Project is currently in the environmental phase.  As referenced in the Background section above,  CEQA has been completed and current efforts are to secure NEPA approval.  Caltrans, as assigned by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), in cooperation with the City and the Connector JPA, is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA), which examines the potential environmental impacts of the alternatives being considered for the Capital SouthEast Connector – A1/A2 Kammerer Road Project.  The Department is studying the effects this Project may have on the environment. The EA will describe why the Project is being proposed, what alternatives we have considered for the Project, how the existing environment could be affected by the Project, the potential impacts of each of the alternatives, and the proposed avoidance, minimization, and/or mitigation measures.  Once the EA is ready for circulation, it will be posted on the City’s website and a Public Notice will be issued to inform all parties that the EA is available for review and comment.  After comments are received from the public and reviewing agencies, Caltrans in cooperation with the City and Connector JPA, may:  (1) give environmental approval to the Project, (2) undertake additional environmental studies, (3) abandon the Project, or (4) modify the Project based on comments received. If the Project is given environmental approval and funding is appropriated, Caltrans and/or the implementing public agencies could design and construct all or part of the Project. 

Schedule

The Project is currently in the environmental phase which is anticipated to conclude in mid to late 2023.  The Project will then enter into the Right-Of-Way acquisition phase and Final Design Phase for a duration of 2-3 years.  Timing of construction is dependent on funding availability but would not occur prior to the conclusion of the Right-Of-Way and Final Design phases. 

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Contact

 

Public Works

Project Manager

Tom Metcalf, P.E.

Email or (916) 990-1055
Media

PIO, Public Affairs Manager

Kristyn Laurence
Email or (916) 478-2206

 

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