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Damon Mercado's picture
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Deer Creek Crossing Again. Why?

Matt Corsaut   

Damon, I couldn't agree with you more.  That we have a road in Sacramento County that hosts a million cars per year and floods, on average, 10 days per year is patently ridiculous.  That Sacramento County has ignored this issue going on 50 years is sickening. 

Last year I worked with Supervisor Frost on this issue.  She, in turn, got the County Transportation Department involved.  The County reflexively shooed me away stating that a $13 million dollar bridge was the only answer and that it was to expensive for the traffic level.  Not buying it, I met with a water pump and bypass consultant at the site of the flooding to obtain his opinion on ways to eliminate or reduce the flooding problems in the 120 foot section of Scott Road that floods every year.  He stated that the flooding could be eliminated with the installation of more or larger box culverts.  The county looked into this and agreed, and estimated the cost to be in the million dollar range and they were thinking of making the repair, which would only take a week or two.  They then abandoned the project because they said an Environmental Impact Report would need to be completed and that it would be to expensive.

It should be noted that Rancho Murietans alone pay over $10 million dollars per year in property taxes to the county and at least that much in sales taxes.  For those that are counting that is almost a billion dollars in taxes paid to the county during Rancho Murieta's existence and yet we are still left with a flooded road every year as if this was a third world country. 

What makes it especially vital to eliminate the flood issue is that Scott Road is the quickest route for elderly residents of Rancho Murieta to get to the hospital in case of an emergency.  A flooded Scott Road could literally be the difference between life and death. In addition, every year motorists get stranded in the floodwaters and have to be rescued by emergency personnel putting both of their lives needlessly at ri

By Jeff Birchard   Deer Creek Crossing,

And yet the county seems to have $4,000,000 to upgrade/replace the Michagan Bar Bridge in 2020 over the Cosumnes river just upstream from RM which has +/- 100 vehicles per day (I can't believe there is that much traffic in a week). 

http://www.sacdot.com/Pages/Projects-MichiganBarBridge.aspx

And yet the county seems to have $4,000,000 to upgrade/replace the Michagan Bar Bridge in 2020 over the Cosumnes river just upstream from RM which has +/- 100 vehicles per day (I can't believe there is that much traffic in a week). 

http://www.sacdot.com/Pages/Projects-MichiganBarBridge.aspx

 

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