The Boulevard Plan, adopted in 2005, set the framework for developing the Auburn Boulevard Corridor from Sylvan Corners to the northern city limits.
The Auburn Boulevard Project is the City’s largest public works projects. Phase I of the Project accomplished a complete update of the corridor from Sylvan Corners to Rusch Park in 2014. Phase 2 of the Project will extend this vision of a safer, updated roadway with enhanced amenities for all users (pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists) north to Orlando Avenue in Roseville.
The Auburn Phase 2 project will encompass the following elements of work:
Undergrounding of overhead utility lines
Installation of bicycle lanes and wide sidewalks
Upgrading traffic signals to meet current standards
Increasing safety and visibility through decorative street lighting
Beautifying the corridor with new landscaping and trees
Replacement of old storm drain infrastructure
Installation of a new asphalt layer for smooth driving
Enhancing transit stops for ADA compliance
Providing a unique identify through the use of a welcome gateway structure
The City has contracted with Bennett Engineering Services, Inc. to complete the design of Phase 2 (Grand Oaks Boulevard to Whyte Avenue). Design will include undergrounding overhead utilities, roadway improvements such as sidewalks, storm drain facilities, upgrades to traffic signal equipment and a new traffic signal south of Whyte Avenue (Big Lots driveway). The City will engage the public related to a gateway treatment as a "welcome" to Citrus Heights.
85% of Phase 2 construction is funded by non-general funds, including grants awarded from SACOG grant, Regional Program grant, and Regional ATP grant. To accommodate roadway improvements that involve widening the road, the City is acquiring property along the corridor. The City anticipates completing property acquisitions by 2022 with construction expected to begin in late 2022 or early 2023.
The City launched a public survey for the selection of a gateway treatment on Auburn Blvd. The survey closed October 1, 2021. You can preview the design options by clicking on the video below.
Phase 2 Introduction Video and 3D Walk of Auburn Blvd
The video below was developed in early 2021 to secure funding for Phase 2 of the Project. Sacramento Area Council of Governments awarded the grant for Phase 2 this year. You can watch the video and click through the interactive map to learn about the City's vision for Auburn Blvd.