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Citrus Heights awarded $11.1 million in grants to fund roadway projects

By Mike Hazlip—
The City of Citrus Heights on Tuesday announced it has been awarded $11.1 million in grant funding to help pay for improvements on Old Auburn Road and the second phase of a plan to revitalize Auburn Boulevard.

In an online update, the city said it had presented two proposals to compete for a slice of $198 million in grants offered this year by the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) for community design programs.

The larger $9 million grant will go towards the Auburn Boulevard Complete Streets project, which will continue improvements on the boulevard from Antelope Road to the Roseville border. The city said the funding is in addition to $14 million already secured for the project, with those funds coming from prior SACOG grants, SB 1 gas tax funds and other sources.

An additional $2 million grant will go towards a “complete streets” plan for Old Auburn Road, from Sylvan Road to just past Fair Oaks Boulevard. The total grant funding is the largest amount the city has ever received at one time, according to the city’s announcement.

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The city’s presentation included an interactive 3D tour showing improvements already completed under Phase 1 on Auburn Boulevard, as well as plans for Phase 2. Improvements include undergrounding utilities, landscaping, safer crosswalks, and left turn lanes to reduce traffic collisions along the corridor.

“Staff from the City’s General Services, Planning, Engineering, Economic Development, and Communications teams worked together to develop comprehensive applications that position Citrus Heights as a crucial part of regional connectivity, with innovative ideas and a history of success,” the announcement read.

City Manager Chris Boyd issued a statement thanking community members for their support and input on the project, saying community involvement plays a key role in grant applications and helped tell a “meaningful story around what these improvements mean for Citrus Heights and the greater Sacramento region.”

SACOG is tasked with providing transportation funding and planning for the six-county Sacramento region and has administered more than $1.1 billion in grant funding over its 17-year history, according to an April 15 news release. Other cities awarded funds this year included Folsom, Elk Grove, and Davis, along with a $21.9 million grant to SacRT to fund the purchase of 16 new light rail vehicles.

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