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Posted 3/15/2011

Release no. 11-007


 

FOLSOM, Calif. – Folsom Lake Crossing will be closed for up to one hour twice a day beginning no later than March 23, to complete blasting on the Folsom Dam Joint Federal Project’s third phase.

Folsom Lake Crossing will be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic for up to one hour on weekdays starting at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., in order to blast rock where the control structure for the new auxiliary spillway will be constructed. The public will also be restricted from sections of the lake within 2,500 feet of the blast area.

Blasting operations are scheduled to last through fall 2011. No blasting will occur on weekends or holidays.

Similar closures occurred in 2009 as part of the first phase of the project, completed by the Bureau of Reclamation.

Construction officials announced the details during a Feb. 23 public meeting at the Folsom Veterans Hall.

Any questions or concerns about the blasting activities can be directed to Granite Construction Company’s project communication number at 916-294-2800 or the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District at 916-557-5107.

The Joint Federal Project is a $962 million cooperative effort between the Corps and the Bureau of Reclamation to improve the safety of Folsom Dam and reduce flood risk for the Sacramento area. The new auxiliary spillway will include a 1,100-foot-long approach channel leading to the spillway from Folsom Reservoir, a concrete control structure with six submerged gates, a 3,000-foot-long concrete-lined spillway chute and a stilling basin that will slow water released into the American River to safer velocities.