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Sacramento State: Plan In The Works To Alleviate Morning Traffic Jam On Folsom Boulevard

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

Traffic has been slow-going during Sac State's first few days back this fall semester. But, the school says some relief can be found on the other side of U.S. 50. Sac State hopes to connect its parking lot with the school by going under the freeway.

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

As students with morning classes drive to Sacramento State this week, many are finding themselves stuck on Folsom Boulevard. 

The school says there is a plan to create better access to the school's south side.

Tony Lucas is the Senior Director for Transportation and Parking for the university. He says State University drive was never intended for the rush hour commute.

"It's not wide enough to support that much traffic. The signaling at those intersections isn't appropriate for high-volumes of traffic. The better thing for commuters that are trying to reach the campus is to bypass the State University Drive intersection into the campus and go up to College Town."

He says there is a plan to connect the Ramona Avenue parking lot on the south side of U.S. 50 and Hornet Stadium on the north side with a road over the railroad tracks, under the freeway and across Folsom Boulevard.

"It's gonna help because it will help relieve some of the traffic that comes to the campus with another 500 parking spaces there that are easy to get there," he says. "You can park there. We have a shuttle operating every 15 to 20 minutes."

Lucas says project managers hope to begin work by spring of 2018, which would be about the same time the school hopes to finish a 1750-space parking garage on the opposite side of campus.

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

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