Bill to OK river bridge in California town heads to governor

| Thursday, September 07, 2006

A bill in California awaiting Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s consideration is intended to ease congestion in a suburb of the state’s capital city. The effort won unanimous support during the recently completed legislative session.

Sponsored by Sen. Dave Cox, R-Fair Oaks, the land-purchase bill would authorize the American River Bridge to be built in Folsom, located northeast of Sacramento. The bridge has a $105 million price tag that would be built with a mix of federal and local funds.

The bill – SB1536 – would allow the city to purchase 14 acres from Folsom Prison, Folsom Lake State Recreation Area and two Folsom residents to build the bridge that would ease traffic for at least 15,000 daily commuters, The Sacramento Bee reported.

The proposed bridge has been pushed by city officials since 2003, when a two-lane road over Folsom Dam was closed because of fear it could be a terrorist target, The Associated Press reported.

Schwarzenegger has not taken a position on the bill that must be signed by mid-September or it will be stamped with a pocket veto, effectively killing it.

If approved by the governor, Folsom Mayor Andy Morin said the bridge could be built by December 2008, The AP reported.

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