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November 18, 2010
Fix It: Truck traffic tempered in Folsom neighborhood

The problem: The Lake Natoma Shores neighborhood, adjacent to both the Folsom Corporation Yard and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, has long coped with industrial and commercial traffic along its narrow residential streets.

Laurie Laurent, a resident, said the problem accelerated when the city paved a link between the yard, the VFW Hall site, and the neighborhood.

That meant increased commercial and industrial traffic on neighborhood streets west of Folsom Boulevard, particularly on Forrest Street.

"It's an invasion to bring heavy industrial and heavy commercial traffic into a planned unit development," Laurent said.

The solution: City Councilman Ernie Sheldon has asked city staff to discourage truck traffic in the area, and that has helped. The city's garbage trucks no longer use Forrest Street, for example. Instead they use the Corporation Yard's northern, primary gate at Leidesdorff Street.

Rich Lorenz, public works and utilities director, said the city is sensitive to residents' concerns. And the city has begun moving away from using the Forrest Street exit.

The city also is exploring how best to construct a driveway tying the VFW Hall to Leidesdorff Street, he said. That project could begin in the spring.

That would bring relief, he said, by blocking the use of Forrest Street for any traffic to and from the VFW Hall and the Corporation Yard.

- Loretta Kalb

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