The argument is simple: that portion of SR 16 is no longer a highway, rather a surface street for residents to get from point A to point B day-to-day. What once was used to connect urban California to rural California is now mainly used as a daily commute route for locals. As population has increased, so has the density of traffic, increasing the need for stop lights to keep the flow of traffic efficient and safe. Also, local officials would like to add center divides, cross walks, bus stops, bike lanes and more access points to keep up with the changing needs of the road and encourage walking and bicycle activity.
- Decrease the speed limit from 55 MPH to 45 MPH
- Add 12 additional stop lights (there are currently 8 in this segment)
- Add 9 additional access points to SR 16
- Increasing the current 2 lane system to either 4 or 6
- Add bicycle lanes
- Add Bus stops
- Add landscaped center divides
Sacramento Department of Transportation is proposing 12 additional stop lights-for a total of 19- along this 8 mile stretch of highway. Couple the new stop lights with the proposed decreased speed limit of 45 MPH, and we are talking longer commutes for us Kavalaians and residents of Anatolia. A study conducted on behalf of Sacramento County (State Route 16 Corridor Study) analyzed current traffic conditions and highlighted the need for Sacramento County’s proposals.
C. Realigned Mayhew & Jackson Road
D. Access Road & Jackson Road
E. Vineyard Road Extension & Jackson Road
F. Access Road* & Jackson Road
G. Access Road* & Jackson Road
H. Access Road* & Jackson Road
I. Excelsior Estates Access Road & Jackson Road
Amador County has voiced serious concern for this proposal because of the increased travel time. (We’ll talk more about the potential impact to Amador County in a later blog entry).