Jeff McCracken with the US Bureau of Reclamation says they’re finalizing an environmental impact statement on the road which was closed for security reasons several years ago.
"Sometime in May we will make a final decision as to whether the road will stay closed or there will be a partial reopening until a bridge is built."
Federal officials closed the road after the September 11th terrorist attacks. Folsom city officials say the closure has created more traffic gridlock and hurt local business revenues. Options for the road include opening it during commute hours or permanently closing it. Meantime, the Army Corps of Engineers is beginning work on plans for a new bridge to replace Folsom Dam Road. But construction wouldn’t start until Spring of 2006.