Recap - April 2021 Lunch Program
On Thursday, April 22nd, we celebrated Earth Day and hosted The City of Rancho Cordova’s Edgar Medina, P.E. Senior Civil Engineer for a virtual presentation on the Folsom Boulevard Streetscape Enhancement Project.
The project was broken into a series of five phases which encompassed Folsom Boulevard from Bradshaw Road to Sunrise Boulevard. A total of 4.3 miles. The project inception took place in 2003 when the City of Rancho Cordova became an incorporated City and is nearly complete, making this project a 17 yearlong effort.
Folsom Boulevard services over 30,000 to 40,000 commuters on a daily basis. These commuters include motorists, SacRT Light Rail users, SacRT bus riders, and pedestrians. This corridor it vital in sustaining the City’s workforce all the while making connections to residential areas, public spaces and local businesses.
Turning the City’s long-term vision of a modern corridor into reality included installing widened sidewalks, curb and gutter, storm drain improvements, landscaped medians, lighting, ADA improvements, bicycle facilities, connection to the SacRT Light Rail stations and more. The majority of the traffic signals within the corridor were upgraded to video detection traffic signals. To add to the City’s unique identity, local artists were hired to paint three murals within the project limits. The finishing touch of the project will be the installation of a entry monument sign that highlights the past and present ongoings of the City.
The total project cost for all five phases was $41.3 million and over half of that cost was funded by state and federal grant monies.
Continuing with the City’s long-term vision for the community, they are excited to be constructing a new youth center this summer and are evaluating alternatives for a 10-acre civic center. Both facilities will be directly connected to the Folsom Boulevard Streetscape Enhancement Project.