Council members, business owners and representatives from government agencies gathered Tuesday morning to celebrate the long-awaited completion of “Phase 1” of Auburn Boulevard improvement work.
Business owners present for the ribbon-cutting ceremony were particularly glad for the completion of the project, and expressed hope for increased business now that new sidewalks are open, power lines are under-grounded and lanes are no longer closed.
“I’m glad it’s done,” said business owner Rocky Moffitt, whose 7440 Club took a hit during the road work outside his doors. “The construction actually has hurt my business during the daytime… but overall it looks great. I love the finished project.”
Authorized in 2005, the Auburn Boulevard Complete Streets Revitalization Project envisioned a revitalized and enhanced section of Auburn Boulevard, from Sylvan corners to Interstate 80 — a corridor that is home to over 200 businesses. Due to the size and scope of the effort, the nearly 2-mile long project was broken into two phases, with Phase 1 covering the section from Sylvan corners to just beyond Antelope Road, and Phase 2 covering the remaining section up to Interstate 80.
“We’re not done yet,” said Citrus Heights Mayor Mel Turner at the event, referring to the upcoming work on “Phase II.” “But this is a huge step in the right direction.”
‘Phase II’ of the project has already received some funding for design work, according to Community and Economic Development Director Rhonda Sherman, and City staff are currently preparing to enter the design stage for this final phase.
Questions about the project can be directed to ABCTeam@citrusheights.net or (916) 727-4770. Updates are also available online at http://www.ABCupdate.net.