The Problem: Back in 2005, Mike Pundyk of Elverta contacted us about traffic issues on Elverta Road near Cherry Island Golf Course.
Pundyk cited a big bottleneck around the antiquated, two-lane Dry Creek Bridge and a traffic signal he called "the dumbest light in Sacramento County."
Improvements were due to get under way in 2007, but by 2008 - when Pundyk moved to Oregon to get away from the traffic, crime and crowding in his old neighborhood - nothing had changed. He contacted us to find out whether anything had been done yet.
The answer? Nope.
The Solution: The discovery of American Indian artifacts was the initial holdup, said Stephen White, with the county transportation department.
That was resolved a few months ago. "Now our problem is no money," White said.
Developer fees were supposed to pay for the fix, but development pretty much stopped. Of course, that means traffic "hasn't gotten any worse," he said.
The county wants federal transportation money to widen the bridge to two lanes in each direction and the bridge to be raised out of the 100-year floodplain.
No start dates are planned, however.
- Carlos Alcalá