The City of Folsom is planning a new overcrossing to make crossing Folsom Boulevard safer for cyclists and pedestrians. After launching the project feasibility study, city leaders are turning to the community for input on the project and the different options.
Your don’t have to attend a meeting or even leave your home of office, the city has made it easy for the public to give its two-cents worth on the project with an online community questionnaire to gather public input on the proposed bicycle and pedestrian overcrossing.
The feasibility study is currently underway for the proposed new bicycle and pedestrian bridge that will span Folsom Boulevard between Blue Ravine Road and Glenn Drive to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety and close a gap in the Humbug-Willow Creek Trail system. The City was awarded an American Rescue Plan Act grant to fund the study, which will identify the preferred alignment location and a conceptual architectural design of the bridge.
“Our goal with this feasibility study is to work with the community in identifying a safe, convenient, and cost-effective connection across one of the most vehicle-heavy roads in Folsom,” says Brett Bollinger, Senior Trails Planner and Project Manager. “An overcrossing is needed to provide better links to already existing transit, nearby businesses and neighborhoods, and recreation attractions in the area.”
Alternative 1 begins across the street from the SacRT Glenn Drive Station and runs parallel to the Folsom Parkway Rail Trail. The bridge then crosses over Folsom Boulevard and touches down on the west side of the street near the historic olive grove. This alternative connects to the State Parks parking lot and South Lake Natoma Multiuse trailhead.
Alternative 2 connects directly to the SacRT Glenn Drive Station and to the Folsom Parkway Rail Trail. The Alternative 2 crossing touches down on the west side of Folsom Boulevard in the historic eucalyptus grove and directly connects to the Parkshore Drive/Folsom Boulevard intersection and the State Parks parking lot and South Lake Natoma Multiuse trailhead.
Alternative 3 directly connects to the Humbug-Willow Creek Trail, the Folsom Parkway Rail Trail, and indirectly connects to the SacRT Glenn Station. After crossing Folsom Boulevard, the overcrossing structure touches down between Woodmere Drive and Willow Creek.
Alternative 4 is located the furthest from the SacRT Glenn Station. The start of the alignment directly connects to the Folsom Parkway Rail Trail, crosses Folsom Boulevard just south of the Woodmere Drive intersection and touches down at the Humbug-Willow Creek Trail.
After reviewing each option, the city would like your input on the different models. Members of the community can the questionnaire is now available online through May 12, 2023 at www.bit.ly/Folsom-Questionnaire.
Currently, the project team has prepared four preliminary alignment alternatives for the overcrossing and is seeking public input atwww.bit.ly/FolsomOvercrossing until May 12, 2023. For questions about the study, contact Brett Bollinger at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 916-461-6632.