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City to Receive $8.1 Million in Transportation and Sustainable Grant Funding

Grants Awarded for Three Transportation Projects

Post Date:December 12, 2018 3:22 pm

On December 6, 2018, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) Transportation Committee voted to award the City of Davis and its community partners three grants totaling $8,100,000.

“This grant money will significantly advance much-needed transportation infrastructure improvements and sustainability goals, while yielding numerous community benefits including improved safety and reduced greenhouse gas emissions,” said Councilmember Lucas Frerichs, who serves as Davis’ representative on the SACOG Board of Directors.

The three grants are as follows:

  • $5 million to support the I-80/Richards Boulevard Interchange Improvement Project. The City and Caltrans have been collaborating on design details with construction tentatively expected to occur in 2020. Components include:
    • Adding a grade separated Class I pathway under the westbound I-80 onramp to improve bicyclist and pedestrian safety between Research Park Drive in South Davis to First Street in Downtown Davis
    • Reconfiguring the Richards Boulevard westbound I-80 ramps from a cloverleaf to a tight diamond to create additional intersection spacing with Olive Drive
    • Signalizing the Richards Boulevard exit from westbound I-80 to improve the flow of vehicles merging with vehicles already queued on Richards Boulevard at the Olive Drive intersection  
    • Closing the Olive Drive exit from westbound I-80 to prevent vehicles from using the exit as a thoroughfare to improve safety in the Olive Drive neighborhood
  • $2.9 million to support the Electrify Yolo Project, a joint proposal between the City of Davis, the City of Woodland, the County of Yolo, and Valley Clean Energy, the region’s community choice energy provider. While the exact number of chargers and infrastructure is contingent upon the completion of a more detailed engineering cost estimate, preliminary components include:
    • Adding up to 60 240-volt, networked, level 2 electric vehicle charging stations throughout Yolo County, of which approximately 20 will be installed in Davis 
    • Adding 2-5 fast chargers in downtown areas near highway corridors, of which at least 2 will be installed in Davis
    • Adding up to 10 mobile, solar powered, electric vehicle chargers, of which all 10 will be available in Davis
    • Purchasing an electric bus to serve Davis with local discretion on route priorities
  • $200,000 to support the County Road 32A Railroad Crossing Relocation Study, a joint proposal between the City of Davis and the County of Yolo. Components include:
    • Studying the County Road 32A railroad crossing, located just east of Davis and north of I-80
    • Reviewing alternatives and identifying the preferred option
    • Developing a project scope and cost estimate for a potential crossing enhancement and/or relocation

The funding is part of a process administered by SACOG, the Sacramento region’s association of local governments. Once SACOG executes grant agreements in early 2019, the City will establish more definitive details and timelines for each project.

These grants add to an increasing list of awards the City has recently received. The City estimates that in the past few years, it has successfully secured over $14.8 million in grant funds. 

“The three SACOG grants represent tangible results from the City’s efforts to pursue and leverage grant opportunities. It is also exciting to see how multiple public entities are working collaboratively to achieve mutual goals that will positively impact the entire region,” said Mayor Brett Lee.

Rendering depicting the proposed improvements to the I-80/Richards Boulevard Interchange
Rendering depicting the proposed improvements to the I-80/Richards Boulevard Interchange.

For more information, please contact Mike Webb, City Manager, at 530-757-5602 or

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