The bureau’s decision to reopen the road only to rush hour commute traffic comes after a lot of lobbying from the city of Folsom.
"We’ve been waiting for this decision for quite a while and we’re pleased to finally be at this stage." Folsom’s Vice Mayor Andy Morin says the road closure over 2 years ago because of security concerns created traffic gridlock and hurt local businesses.
City councilman Jeff Starsky says the actual reopening is still about a year away. "It doesn’t mean that the barriers you see behind you here are going to be removed today. The second step is we must find the funding to implement the security plan."
City officials have to come up with $6 Million to pay for tough security measures the bureau is requiring in order to reopen the road to traffic.
Meantime the impending reopening is welcome news to small business owners in Folsom like G.F. Cloud who owns Clouds Porcelain. "I’m glad at least there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. I think it will help psychologically if nothing else, people are getting the idea that Folsom is closed for business."
City officials say they’ll be meeting next month with neighboring counties to discuss cost sharing arrangements. They say after a security system is financed it’ll take about 6 months to reopen the road.