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Folsom Dam Road re-opening focus of Monday's meeting

County officials to discuss cost-sharing ideas
By: Philip Wood, Gold Country News Service
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Placer County officials will meet with representatives from El Dorado County and the City of Folsom Monday to discuss cost-sharing ideas for the re-opening of Folsom Dam Road to commuter traffic. It will cost about $6 million to re-open the road with the federally mandated security measures in place. Folsom officials said the city couldn't afford to pay the cost of the re-opening of the road. Last month the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation agreed to re-open the dam road, provided the local jurisdictions could pay for the security improvements that would need to be in place on the road before traffic could be allowed to cross. Since commuters from El Dorado and Placer counties drive though Folsom, city officials are hoping other jurisdictions will help fund the cost of re-opening the road in an effort to unclog Folsom's streets during commute hours. Folsom Mayor Steve Miklos and Vice Mayor Andy Morin will represent the city at Monday's meeting, while Placer County Supervisors Ted Gaines and Bruce Krantz are expected to attend. El Dorado County Supervisor Helen Bauman is also expected to participate. Representatives from Congressman John Doolittle's and Congressman Dan Lungren's have also been invited to attend. In a press conference last month, city officials expressed hope the road could re-open by the end of the year. Monday's meeting will start at 10 a.m. in the Folsom City Council chambers at Folsom City Hall, located at 50 Natoma St. Philip Wood can be reached at philipw@goldcountrymedia.com.