A busy stretch of a major Folsom roadway will be closed 10 straight days starting next Monday as crews replace deteriorated railroad tracks, the city’s Police Department said.
The 24-hour-a-day closure will shutter Iron Point Road between East Bidwell Street and Cavitt Drive from Monday through May 1, according to a traffic advisory. The stretch will be closed to traffic, bicyclists and pedestrians, all of whom are advised to detour through Broadstone Parkway. Emergency vehicles will also have to use alternate routes.
The closure could have ripple effects throughout Folsom. The intersection of Iron Point and East Bidwell is one of the city’s busiest, located between Highway 50 and the Palladio mall. Cavitt Drive is also the lone entry to Folsom’s Costco.
Repair work will replace existing railroad tracks parallel to East Bidwell Street and nearby drain pipes, the Folsom Police Department said. The stretch of track has been inactive for years, with no guard arms in place across Iron Point Road.
“The project’s primary goal is to provide a smoother ride quality for vehicular and bicycle traffic on Iron Point Road by removing the large dip that currently exists and installing the tracks on a cross slope that better aligns with the profile of Iron Point Road,” City Senior Civil Engineer Ryan Chance said in an email
Chance said Southern Pacific Railroad ended freight service on the tracks more than 30 years ago, in 1986.