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By Phillip Pesola–
Major city projects are underway across Citrus Heights, including a $3.3 million roadway project on Greenback Lane, a $9.1 million trail project, and a soon-to-start residential repaving project.

The city’s General Services Department last week provided an update to the Citrus Heights City Council on recently completed, current, and upcoming projects. A summary of the various projects covered in the presentation is included below.

Auburn Blvd. The Auburn Boulevard Complete Streets project is the largest transportation infrastructure project within the city to date, spanning from Sylvan Corners to the Roseville border. Phase two of the project is expected to begin next year and will be funded 77% by grants, 19% by local funds, and 4% by SMUD. Related: City shares update on $23M plan to revitalize Auburn Boulevard corridor

Creek Trail. The Arcade Cripple Creek Trail project has risen to an estimated cost of $9.1 million, funded by 70% grants and 30% local funds. Construction for the 2.9-mile trail is expected to begin this summer, but the start date has been pushed back several times. Related: Construction of new trail in Citrus Heights to start this summer, after pandemic delays

Greenback Lane. The Greenback Lane Complete Streets project began construction earlier this year, with a price tag of just under $3.4 million. It includes resurfacing, pedestrian and bike safety upgrades, and traffic signal upgrades, between Fair Oaks Boulevard and Sunrise Boulevard. Related: Work begins on Greenback Lane repaving, improvement project

School Route. The Mariposa Safe Route to School project, phase four, commenced construction in June 2021, costing roughly $2 million and funded 80% by a grant and 20% by other funds. The project includes adding sidewalks and bike lanes on both sides of Mariposa Avenue, between Greenback Lane and Madison Avenue. Repaving was also completed this month.

Old Auburn Road. The Old Auburn Complete Streets project is in preliminary stages and spans along Old Auburn Road between Tiara Way and Garry Oak Drive, with a design contract expected to go before the City Council within a month. A $2.1 million grant has been awarded, with the plan including separated sidewalks, separated bike lanes, and lighting improvements. Related: Final concept plan for Old Auburn Road projected to cost $15-25M

San Juan Avenue. The San Juan Complete Streets project includes various upgrades on San Juan Avenue between Madison Avenue and Greenback Lane. Funding includes 70% from an award and 30% from local funds, totaling $2.9 million. Related: Citrus Heights secures $2M grant for San Juan Ave. improvements

Street Repaving. The 2022 Residential Street Resurfacing project is anticipated to run $2.95 million with an additional $285,000 construction management contract pending. Beginning next month, the project aims to repair and upgrade 19 residential streets.

Bridge Maintenance. The city’s bridge maintenance program covers the 32 city-owned and maintained bridges. A project to repair and maintain the city’s existing bridges will be funded with stormwater utility funds and is anticipated to begin summer 2023.

City staff said grant applications are also being submitted totaling at least $20 million to help cover funding needed for various projects.

The city also has a newer Multi Modal Transportation Safety Program which began in 2020 with an initial backlog of over 800 traffic safety complaints. Staff said new traffic calming requests are ranked quarterly, and available resources are focused on the highest ranked locations.

A new SeeClickFix service request tool now allows residents to report traffic concerns, potholes, and other issues.

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