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Rail expansion projects present historic opportunities for Valley businesses

Rail expansion projects present historic opportunities for Valley businesses

Over the next two decades rail improvements and construction are going to present one of the largest opportunities for area businesses.

Nearly $2 billion of rail construction and improvements are coming in the next year alone.

Emergency Lane Closures Scheduled for Highway 99 in Elk Grove

Emergency Lane Closures Scheduled for Highway 99 in Elk Grove

Elk Grove – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is alerting motorists that the north and southbound bus / carpool lanes on State Highway 99 between Elk Grove Boulevard and Laguna Boulevard will be temporarily closed for construction work. The emergency lane closure is necessary to allow heavy equipment vehicles to move in and out of the construction area and for pile driving work.

Estimated Work Schedule

  • Saturday, June 15 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 16 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The work is part of the $4.8 million project to build a 1,300 foot long and 14 foot wide Bike / pedestrian overcrossing over State Highway 99 spanning east and west Stockton Boulevard.

The structure will connect to a new 2,640 foot long and 12 foot wide bike / walking trail in the City of Elk Grove.

Railroad Museum Celebrates “Diesels & Dads”On Father’s Day Weekend

Railroad Museum Celebrates “Diesels & Dads”On Father’s Day Weekend

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are gearing up to celebrate “Diesels and Dads” on Father’s Day weekend – June 15 & 16 -- by operating two visually-exciting and gracefully-styled diesel locomotives as part of the popular weekend excursion train rides on the Museum’s Sacramento Southern Railroad.  These brightly painted diesels -- Western Pacific No. 913 and Southern Pacific “Daylight” No. 6051 -- will pull the excursion trains both Saturday and Sunday on Father’s Day weekend.   These eye-catching and classic streamlined locomotives are representative of the so-called “First Generation” of diesel-electric locomotives which replaced steam engines all across American during the 1940s and 1950s.

R2-D2 at DMV?

R2-D2 at DMV?

Sacramento -- Self-Service Terminals (SSTs) at three local DMVs enable immediate registration renewals of most vehicles, providing a new registration card and license plate sticker. SSTs in DMVs at:

4700 Broadway, Sacramento; 7775 La Mancha Way, Sacramento and 5209 North Avenue, Carmichael.

Resembling an ATM, the SSTs are touch-screen operation that scans either your vehicle's Renewal Notice or current Registration Card. When the registration information is displayed, payment is made through the SST by inserting cash, check, credit or debit card. Immediately upon acceptance of payment, the SST prints a new registration card and license plate sticker. The process takes five minutes or less!

Visit www.dmv.ca.gov for updated information about SST locations and all DMV stuff you may need to know. SSTs also process PNOs for vehicles needing Planned Non-Operation status.

Railroad Museum Returns Heavy Duty 80-Foot Turntable to Service

Railroad Museum Returns Heavy Duty 80-Foot Turntable to Service

Owned and operated by the California State Railroad Museum, the hard-working and heavy duty 80-foot turntable located at the west end of the Museum officially returns to full operation on Friday, April 12, after a major maintenance overhaul.   Fabricated by the American Bridge Company in 1911 -- the same company that built the “workhorse” I Street Bridge during the very same year -- and originally installed in Yakima, Washington, the turntable was acquired by California State Parks from Union Pacific Railroad and installed in Old Sacramento circa 1980.  The turntable is used to move heavy locomotives and equipment in and out of the Railroad Museum; all locomotives and rail cars going in or out of the nearby Central Pacific Railroad Passenger Station and its display tracks also must cross the turntable because of the constrained track layout in Old Sacramento.