The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors and Department of Transportation hosted a ribbon-cutting event Friday, July 21 at Carmichael Park to celebrate construction completion for Phase 2 of the Fair Oaks Boulevard Improvement Project (Landis Avenue to Engle Road). This project is the next phase of efforts to turn a portion of Fair Oaks Boulevard into a “main street” district for Carmichael.
According to Mike Penrose, Director of the Department of Transportation, “Fair Oaks Boulevard is a vital north-south corridor for Carmichael - the center of the unincorporated area. This completed Phase 2 project further advances a “main street” vision for Carmichael and significantly improves the appearance of the corridor with underground utilities as well as improved capacity, safety and mobility for all modes of travel: vehicles, bicyclists, pedestrians and transit.”
Phase 2 improvements include:
- Bicycle lanes, landscaped medians, and separated sidewalks with landscaping along Fair Oaks Boulevard from Landis Avenue to Engle Road.
- Modification to the existing signals at the intersections of Fair Oaks Boulevard/Grant Avenue and Fair Oaks Boulevard/Engle Road.
- A new traffic signal at the intersection of Fair Oaks Boulevard and Landis Avenue.
- Installation of sidewalks and the “Carmichael Wall” viewing area on the south side of Grant Avenue adjacent to Carmichael Park.
- Replacement of overhead utilities with underground facilities on Fair Oaks Boulevard within the project limits.
- New traffic signal interconnects to provide congestion relief.
The first phase of the project was completed in 2013, and provided “complete street” improvements at the Fair Oaks Boulevard and Marconi Avenue intersection including: curb, gutter, sidewalk, and bicycle lane improvements; landscaping/streetscape amenities including a community identifying obelisk; traffic signal modifications and upgrades; and improved street lighting.
was the contractor for the Phase 2 project. This $6.5 million project was funded by the Federal Regional Surface Transportation Program, the State Transportation Improvement Program and development fees.