Placerville Road Opening, Scott Road Closing for Folsom Plan Area Improvements
Placerville Road from Highway 50 to White Rock Road, which has been closed for infrastructure improvements in the Folsom Plan Area, is scheduled to open next week. Simultaneously, Scott Road between the eastbound Highway 50 off-ramp and White Rock Road will be closed as construction activity moves to that section of the project. The newly opened Placerville Road, as well as Prairie City Road and Latrobe Road, will be available as alternate routes. Traffic safety and detour signs have been posted.
The work is part of an 18-month schedule of infrastructure and road improvements south of Highway 50 in the Folsom Plan Area. More details on the Folsom Plan Area are available at the Folsom Ranch website.
Construction activities planned for the summer include infrastructure and safety improvements such as water, sewer, streets and utilities. The Sacramento Municipal Utility District is building a substation to serve the area with electrical power.
Scott Road is scheduled to be closed until the end of the year. A portion of Alder Creek Parkway, a new road that will connect Scott Road to Placerville Road and run parallel to Highway 50 will be completed this summer.
The 3,520-acre Folsom Plan Area was annexed into the City of Folsom in 2011. Planned in accordance with Measure W, a ballot measure passed by Folsom voters, land owners were required to secure an independent water supply for the plan area, provide transportation improvements to mitigate traffic impacts, preserve 30 percent of the land as natural open space, and allow for new schools, all at no cost to existing Folsom residents. The plan that met those requirements was adopted by the Folsom City Council in 2012.
The plan area was the subject of a visioning process instituted by the City of Folsom with hundreds of residents at dozens of public hearings addressing a range of issues including land use, open space, transportation, and financing. Their recommendations resulted in scenarios reviewed by the Folsom City Council in 2005, which ultimately evolved into the design adopted by the city seven years later.
The first homes are expected to be completed at Folsom Ranch (the portion of the site west of Placerville Road) in 2018 and at Russell Ranch (east of Placerville Road to the county line) in 2019. Highlights of the plan area include more than 500 contiguous acres of oak woodlands, 138 acres of community parks, 20 miles of trails, a vibrant town center, new homes, transit improvements to mitigate traffic impacts, up to 8,000 high quality jobs, and a new high school, middle school and elementary schools.
Stay up-to-date on the activities south of Highway 50 by visiting http://folsomranch.com, the Folsom Plan Area section of the City of Folsom website at www.folsom.ca.us/FolsomPlanArea or by calling the project information hotline at 916-790-9220.