The hill north of the Escuela gate will be lowered seven feet.
Safety improvements are coming for Stonehouse Road, Sacramento County announced late Monday, which will enable the Rancho Murieta Association to open the Escuela gate without having to fund the expensive road improvements.
County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan, who represents the area, said the project, costing $515,000, would eliminate the hump north of Escuela Drive, lowering it by seven feet, and enable sight lines safe enough for the in-and-out traffic of a gate.
“When RMA General Manager Greg Vorster first approached my office regarding this matter, I thought it would be many years before the county would be in a position to complete this project,” MacGlashan said in the announcement. Instead, it’s being funded in the Department of Transportation’s budget for the current fiscal year, with plans to begin construction next summer.
Vorster said the RMA has been meeting semi-regularly with MacGlashan and her staff, and he praised their interest in the project. “Ted Wolter (MacGlashan’s chief of staff) and Roberta really have been stellar in this,” he said.
Vorster said there will be a gate, but it’s up to the RMA and Community Services District boards to determine whether it’s a passive gate, with some form of security but no staffing, or a staffed gate, like the present North and South gates.