Johnny Cash Trail Phase II Construction Begins

Work begins this week on the second phase of the Johnny Cash Trail, located at East Natoma Street and Folsom Prison Road.

This phase of the project includes 1.25 miles of Class I paved trail, an undercrossing tunneling beneath Prison Road to allow trail users to safely bypass vehicular traffic, and a beautiful 190-foot wooden arched bridge that will provide views of the American River Canyon, Lake Natoma, and beyond.

The project also includes a paved trail spur for prison employees that starts at Natoma Street and ends at the prison employee parking lot. Two-way traffic will be maintained on Prison Road during the construction. Minor delays can be expected.

When completed in early fall of 2017, Phase II of the Johnny Cash Trail will connect to existing trail in Digger and Sharon Williams Rodeo Park, providing cyclists, runners, and walkers a convenient route to access Folsom’s Historic District and the extensive American River Parkway trail. Funding for the $3.23 million project is provided by a variety of federal grants and local transportation funds.

Phase II of the Johnny Cash Trail will be constructed by Westcon Construction, Inc. In 2014, Westcon built the first installment of the trail as well as the iconic Johnny Cash Bridge, which spans Folsom Lake Crossing Road. The bridge echos the look of Folsom Prison’s East Gate guard tower, an iconic feature of Folsom history and location of a famous Cash photo taken before the concert.

The Johnny Cash Trail will set the stage for a world-class public art experience to celebrate and honor one of the world’s most famous country musicians and his influence on Folsom. The project includes eight larger-than-life public art pieces and a three-acre park honoring the ‘Man in Black.’ A Johnny Cash Trail Art Experience fundraising effort is underway, and the Folsom Arts Association is accepting contributions in order to complete the park and art installations.

Commemorative plaques can be purchased, and will be displayed on a donor wall along the trail near the Johnny Cash Bridge and overlooking the future site of the Legacy Park. The steel wall is comprised of five panels ranging in height from 3 to 7 feet. Donor plaques are available in four sizes, and the tax-deductible contribution will help fund the art and park that will become part of the Johnny Cash Trail experience. Additional fundraising opportunities will be announced this spring. Learn more at www.FolsomCashArtTrail.com.

For more information about Johnny Cash Trail Phase II, contact Senior Trails Planner Jim Konopka at jkonopka@folsom.ca.us or 916-351-3516.