Folsom Dam Road May Reopen By Fall

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Folsom Dam Road was closed after the September 11th terrorist attacks to protect against any threats to Folsom Dam.

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation spokesman Jeff McCracken says they’re thinking about reopening it during commute hours now that the City of Folsom is proposing new security measures. “The city came up with what we think is a pretty stringent security plan that would require some kind of pre-screening where you’d get some kind of a placard."

A final decision by the Bureau of Reclamation is expected near the end of May. Meantime, if federal officials decide to reopen the road, it’ll cost about $6 million to upgrade security and Folsom Mayor Steve Miklos says commuters will be expected to help foot the bill. “One of the things we’re looking at is do we charge people for going across the road and we’re looking at anywhere from possibly $2.00 a car each way to maybe $3.00 a car each way."

Miklos says they may also ask for financial help from El Dorado and Placer counties since many commuters who use the road are heading for those areas.