California governor authorizes American River Bridge

| 9/20/2006

A new law in California is intended to ease congestion in a suburb of the state’s capitol city. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the bill into law Friday, Sept. 15.

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

The new law, previously SB1536, allows the city to purchase 14 acres from Folsom prison, Folsom Lake State Recreation Area and two Folsom residents to build the bridge, which is expected 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.

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