Town Hall Meeting on Transportation
Date: 10/29/2015 at Rocklin, CA
Celia McAdams of the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency led a Town Hall meeting to provide updates on various transportation projects for this region. She provided figures for the proposed growth of Placer County -- an increase of 70,000 new homes from 2014 to 2045; 180,000 more people, and 12.74 projected daily vehicle miles by 2030, equaling a 44% increase for us. In 8 years, the current 9-minute travel time from I-80/H-65 to blue oaks will take 35-minutes. Proposed transportation projects and costs mentioned to meet roadway needs included:
- Lincoln bypass H65--$324 Million (Industrial Blvd, around the City of Lincoln, connect back to H65 near Sheridan.
- Bottleneck improvements I-80--$89 Million—initially to be funded with federal and local Prop-1B funds -- both now gone}.
- I-80 at Sierra college interchange--$32 Million
- I-80/H65 interchange--$350 Million; because the project was declared a “safety” issue (13 fatalities in 6 years), some federal funds were granted and the project was accelerated to be underway by 2017.
- H65 widening (Galleria to Lincoln) to 3 lanes by 2017—$115 Million; there will not be a commuter lane.
- 2/3 of the projects will be funded by developer impact fees (ultimately paid for by the buyers of the properties.
- Placer Parkway--$660 Million; already started with the Whitney East Side connection; 90% paid for by developer impact fees. Sales taxes help supply front money to developer fees.
- Road pavement quality has slipped in many areas, county has slipped to 62 rating, Colfax down to 40 rating; 15% need repair and 30% need replacement. State and federal gas tax pays less than ½ the need for current roads, no money for new roads. Placer County is the largest county in the state with no local transportation funding source.
- Toll roads were briefly discussed—they cost more to operate than revenues raised so that won’t be an option.
Proposed option would be one-half percent sales tax over 30 years, requires a 2/3 majority vote at a general election. It would provide the $3 Billion dollars needed for our local projects.