Re McKinley Village: An access road at Alhambra would go far in generating neighborhood support for the McKinley Village project. However, Phil Angelides states that building such an access would require creation of a temporary bypass railway across I-80 during construction of a vehicle tunnel making it cost prohibitive.
Neighbors United for Smart Growth, a group of East Sacramento and Midtown residents, presented to the developer and city staff details of an alternative construction method recently used by the City of Merced to build a six lane road under an active railway which eliminated the need for an expensive bypass track.
The larger tunnel needed for the Merced project cost less than the $20 million that the developer states the Alhambra access would cost. There is no reason this method could not be used at Alhambra thereby eliminating the need for a costly bypass track. Access at Alhambra can be done.
-- Tina Cerruti, Sacramento