Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Road Widening

Good news that it will be moved up.

White Rock Road due widening, other improvements
By Cathy Locke - clocke@sacbee.com
Published 10:24 am PST Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Sacramento County officials are moving to improve White Rock Road - a popular commuter alternative to Highway 50.

The county is seeking the public's input on issues involving the planned widening and safety improvements to a 12-mile stretch of White Rock Road from Sunrise Boulevard east to the Sacramento-El Dorado County line.

Because of new development south of Highway 50 and the availability of funding, the county proposes to change the timing of the work, moving it to the list of pre-2010 projects, said Sabrina Okamura-Johnson, project manager with the county's Department of Environmental Review and Assessment.

"This is a critical transportation link in the east county area," said Dean Blank, a civil engineer overseeing the project in the county Department of Transportation.
White Rock Road parallels Highway 50 and is popular with commuters seeking an alternative route linking Rancho Cordova, Folsom and El Dorado Hills.

According to the most recent traffic count, conducted in August, 7,500 vehicles travel the section between Prairie City and Scott Road-East Bidwell Street daily, Blank said. The heaviest traffic occurs during morning and evening commute hours.

The western portion of the project, approximately four miles, is within the city of Rancho Cordova. Mark Thomas, a senior engineer with the city's Public Works Department, said the road is an important route serving Rancho Cordova's business parks and the city will time its work to coincide with the county's project.