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Bike lane project on key stretch of Auburn Folsom Road approved

August 05, 2015

Bike lanes on a key stretch of Auburn Folsom Road in Granite Bay are about to get a major upgrade.

The Placer County Board of Supervisors gave final approval to the project today, voting unanimously to award a $649,129 contract to B & M Builders Inc. of Rancho Cordova. Funding for the project will come from two Federal Highway Administration programs.

Construction is tentatively scheduled to get underway in September.

The project will provide Class II bike lanes on both sides of Auburn Folsom from Douglas Boulevard northward to Joe Rodgers Road. On that stretch of roadway, bicyclists currently travel along paved shoulders that do not meet bike lane standards.

Class II bike-lane projects provide a striped lane for one-way bike travel on both sides of a street or highway.  

As part of the Auburn Folsom project, pedestrian access will be improved by replacing the existing dirt pathways with concrete sidewalks.

“This is clearly an important improvement for pedestrians and bicyclists in that area,” said Chairman Kirk Uhler, Granite Bay’s representative on the board of supervisors.

Auburn Folsom is one of the most popular routes for recreational bicyclists in the county. The Placer County Regional Bikeway Plan identifies the stretch of Auburn Folsom between Douglas and Joe Rodgers as a high priority for upgraded bike lanes.

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