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Bicyclists zoom over the ‘Big Green Bridge’

BIG GREEN BRIDGE MAKES SHOPPING EASY – Kris Easter, from the Broadstone neighborhood, rides her red Trek with two large baskets to commute to Gold Ridge Elementary School where she works in the office, for recreation and for shopping. Easter was one of the early riders who enjoyed the new bridge on opening day. Photo by Roberta Long
BIG GREEN BRIDGE MAKES SHOPPING EASY – Kris Easter, from the Broadstone neighborhood, rides her red Trek with two large baskets to commute to Gold Ridge Elementary School where she works in the office, for recreation and for shopping. Easter was one of the early riders who enjoyed the new bridge on opening day. Photo by Roberta Long

BIG GREEN BRIDGE MAKES SHOPPING EASY – Kris Easter, from the Broadstone neighborhood, rides her red Trek with two large baskets to commute to Gold Ridge Elementary School where she works in the office. She also rides for recreation and shopping. Easter was one of the early riders who enjoyed the "Big Green Bridge" on opening day. Photo by Roberta Long

The bicycle and pedestrian bridge that crosses over E. Bidwell Street between Blue Ravine Road and Creekside Drive in Folsom opened Saturday, Nov. 6, in a public ceremony attended by more than 100 bicyclists and walkers.

It is the final link in a 16-mile trail that traverses the city from the El Dorado County line in the northeast corner to Folsom Boulevard.

Folsom Parks and Recreation Director Robert Goss said the idea for the bridge dates back to 1966. The 475-foot-long, 12-foot-wide bridge was pre-fabricated in three sections in Santa Fe Springs. The total cost for the project is $2.12 million. Funding came from state and federal funds provided by gas taxes, an air quality grant, federal stimulus funds, local new construction funds, a Habitat and Conservation grant and a grant from Cal Fire to plant 100 trees on the north side.

A safe link across the six lanes of busy traffic to connect the Humbug Willow Creek trail has been a priority since 2001, when it became a special project.

“Folsom now has 35 miles of Class I bicycle trails,” said Folsom City Council member Steve Miklos. “Folsom is a Silver-rated Bicycle-Friendly City. This overcrossing should raise us to the Gold level.”

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