Environmentalists and proponents of a planned $500 million beltway road in southeast Sacramento County have reached a settlement agreement in an eight-month-old lawsuit, beltway officials announced today.
In a statement released today, officials with the Capital SouthEast Connector Joint Powers Authority said they and the Environmental Council of Sacramento have come to terms on a deal that will allow planning to move forward on the proposed 35-mile road that will connect Highway 99 and Highway 50, running southeast of Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova and Folsom.
The settlement calls for the those three cities, and the counties of Sacramento and El Dorado, to contribute $300,000 toward plans for open space and habitat conservation areas in south Sacramento County. Road builders agreed to place a priority on purchasing land for open space along the project right-of-way, which includes Grant Line and White Rock roads.
"This is a reasonable agreement that balances the need to develop a vitally important piece of the region's future transportation network with protection of important natural resources," said Tom Zlotkowski, Capital SouthEast Connector JPA executive director..
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