West Slope road projects get funding boost
The El Dorado County Transportation Commission programmed $10 million in federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality funding to projects and programs in western El Dorado County and the Sacramento Region earlier this month.
Air quality in the Sacramento region, including El Dorado County, does not meet federal and state air quality standards for ozone. Ozone is one of the main components of smog and short term exposure to ozone can result in several adverse health effects. The goal of the CMAQ program is to fund transportation projects or programs that improve air quality and relieve or reduce congestion.
Projects receiving the CMAQ funding are the Ray Lawyer Drive Park and Ride lot at Highway 50 , $1,100,000; Western Placerville Interchanges, Phase 2-bicycle and pedestrian improvements; $1,100,000;Western Placerville Interchanges, Phase 1B-bicycle and pedestrian improvements, $762,000; El Dorado Trail Class I Bike Path- Los Trampas Drive to Halcon Road, $400,552; New York Creek Trail East-Phase 2,$1,000,000; Silva Valley Parkway Bikeway project, $1,678,000; Francisco Drive and El Dorado Hills Boulevard right turn lane, bike lane and multi-use trail extension, $508,000; Diamond Springs Parkway Phase 1B, $608, 137; Upper Broadway bike lane environmental and design phases; $575.000; El Dorado Trail-Missouri Flat Road to El Dorado Road, environmental and design phases,$8,491,689.
Also receiving funding are the following regional programs: Regional Transportation Control Measure-Spare the Air, $66,086; Electric Vehicle Incentive Program, $250,000; Sacramento Emergency Clean Air Transportation System Program, $990,755 and Transportation Demand Management, $205,940.