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Fight over Jackson Road traffic

Rancho Murieta isn’t mentioned, but sacbee.com has a story today about the fight between Amador and Sacramento counties over Jackson Road and development plans:

“State Route 16 is going to be a parking lot in 10 or 20 years,” said John Gedney, head of the Amador County Transportation Commission. “We’ve never argued against anyone’s right to develop as they see fit. We have argued though that some reasonable planning be put in place so you don’t create a congested nightmare.”

An Amador study showed travel time on the 8-mile stretch between South Watt Avenue and Grant Line Road could double when 11 planned new stoplights go in. More than 2,000 mainly foothills residents signed a petition two years ago opposing the plan. “I would hate to see SR 16 look like Sunrise Blvd!” one wrote. “It will kill the little tourism the area has if it takes double the time to get up here,” another said.

See the story: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/transportation/article160167899.html

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Jackson Road; County Plans It To Be A Parking Lot, In Effect?

Jackson Road smooth travel flow is vital to Rancho Murieta and our future values; it is our sole transit link to the greater area and is a key spoke in the corridor wheel, such as the ongoing Southeast Corridor Connector project portion of that wheel. Seems our County Supervisors are once again in bed with developers at the expense of the existing affected citizens. Piece-mealing in approval of developers' subdivision maps continues, rather than consideration of each map's impact on overall Master infrastructure and the General Plan, among others. Why weren't considerations given to existing communities in the County along the Jackson Road corridor "spoke" of that hub, such as Rancho Murieta, when taking control of that 8-mile stretch from CalTrans to assuage future developers, and turning it into a stop-and-go congested street? Seems the County only wanted to exhibit defiance against Amador County. Eleven additional stoplights in that 8-mile vital stretch, doubling transit time for Rancho Murieta commuters? That is outrageous, and will kill our values and future investors in Rancho Murieta, a satellite within the the County's Urban Services Boundary. Jackson Road is already a slow go during rush hours; this disastrous lack of integrated planning will only exacerbate that. Hopefully our new District representative, County Supervisor Frost will turn around this  illogical planning.

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Murieta passed on a chance to oppose this

Amador County officials brought this issue to the Rancho Murieta Association and Community Services District boards in January 2014, trying to drum up resistance to the changes. There was little or no support from either the RMA or CSD.

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Stop Hwy 16/Jackson Road Piecemeal Annexation by Sac County.

Technically, RMA and CSD Boards( especially CSD) should have responded directly to Sac County's invitation for comments on the proposed  " 8-mile highway" annexation from State/CalTrans, as well as joining the Amador County opposition invitation. They did neither in defense of our community's citizens which was their first duty, thus that is simply dereliction of duty on the Boards' parts. Certainly State/CalTrans' many surveys of Jackson Road's burgeoning  traffic recognized long ago that this was the only vital transit link from the City/Hwy 50/Folsom Bl/Howe interchange to Rancho Murieta's population and beyond into greater SacCog areas such as Amador County, and was already a chokepoint. And those surveys and studies clearly revealed the necessity to now expand this 2-lane State Highway 16 into a 4-lane divided highway from the Hwy 50/Folsom Road/Howe interchange all the way to the Hwy 16/49 interchange near Plymouth. Obviously lack of State funds as well as political spending "priorities" prevented such expansion in the near future, thus Cal Trans was more than happy to shift the responsibility onto Sac County and get the monkey off their back. Sac County in turn. was driven by developers' "promises" (where have we heard that before?) in that 8-mile stretch through EIR transportation mitigation dollars.  Such mitigation: add 11 additional stoplites in this already chokepoint which will double commute times, and become a "city street parking lot". This would also forever slam ther door on Hwy 16 ever becoming the true major connector with a 4-lane divided highway, that it needs to be by CalTrans own study results. This obviously is a major impact on Rancho Murieta's citizen's quality of life and home values, where potential buyers and investors will look elsewhere from this inevitable landlocked strangled community. So what can turn this around? A concerted effort by residents, citizens... and yes, RM developers, to prevail on all involved multiple decision makers, from RMA/CSD Boards/GMs, to CCPAC, to Sac Co Planners, to SACOG, to our State Legislature reps, and to our Congressional rep (responsible for securing Federal funds into his own District), to turn back this looming disaster, and halt SacCo takeover of that 8-mile stretch, and hold CalTrans responsible for incrementally maintaining and expanding this State Highway 16 major thoroughfare. CSD should be the lead agency on this initiative.      

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