Aurburn Folsom Road widening project to get immediate funding

By: ToLewis, The Press Tribune
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The Placer County Board of Supervisors plans to transfer up to $7.7 million for the north phase of the Auburn-Folsom Road widening project. The project has been divided into three phases and, when completed, will widen the much-traveled thoroughfare from two lanes to four lanes. The first two phases of the project are complete and the last phase (North Phase) will complete the road widening from Ann Place to Douglas Boulevard. The action the Board took last week will transfer up to $7.7 million for the north phase from the Countywide Impact Fee to augment Granite Bay Fee Districts Funds and the South Placer Regional Transportation Authority funds. The project will eventually receive $8 million from the Authority. However, that will not begin until 2014-15 and will occur at the rate of $1 million per year, according to a statement.. If that were the case, the project would not be completed anytime soon and the county would lose the opportunity to leverage fee program revenue during a time of low construction costs, according to a statement. Utilizing the funds now provides the public with benefits of the project much sooner, according to the statement. The Board of Supervisors also plans to hold a public hearing at 10 a.m., March 27 for the purpose of adopting a Resolution of Necessity to acquire real property through eminent domain. Right-of-Way easements have been acquired for the project with the exception of five parcels, according to a statement. Although negotiations with the property owners have been taking place since 2006, an impasse exists which threatens the final phase of the widening project, according to the statement. Public Works management was given direction by the Board to meet with the property owners to continue negotiations as soon as possible.