El Dorado County Supervisor Ron Mikulaco argues for an "expressway" to Elk Grove
Elk Grove City Council Member Pat Hume said the proposed Kammerer Road extension to connect Interstate 5 and Highway 99 should be designed to operate more like an expressway than a thoroughfare.
Hume and his colleagues on the Capital SouthEast Connector Joint Powers Authority on June 13 said that the proposed six-mile stretch should be designed to allow for expansion at some point.
The project would be part of the connector that would run through Elk Grove to ultimately connect Interstate 5 to El Dorado County.
Kammerer Road west of Highway 99 and Grant Line Road east of Highway 99 are major stretches of the proposed 35-mile expressway route.
The current Kammerer Road that runs between Bruceville Road and Highway 99 could have speeds closer to the current 55 miles per hour. The proposed connector segment west of Bruceville Road would be built as a thoroughfare, which authority officials said would limit speeds to 40 miles per hour.
“I’ve said from the beginning that we need to be planning this thing to be scalable,” Hume said. “Someday, hopefully, this segment will be more like an expressway connecting those two freeways than a Watt Avenue.”
He added, “If we’re not planning to expand this at some point in the future, we’re not properly planning it.”
Hume said the removal of some traditional intersections on Highway 65 north of Sacramento created better traffic flow.
Authority Director and El Dorado County Supervisor Ron Mikulaco said he agreed with Hume.
“We’re building an expressway, not a nice road with an intersection every quarter of a mile,” Mikulaco said. “I typically don’t cook in anyone else’s kitchen. I know this is Sacramento (County) and Elk Grove. But as a member of this board and this agency, I think we need to be consistent.” ...
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