Folsom Boulevard

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Folsom Boulevard
Maintained by the City of Sacramento Department of Transportation, Caltrans, the County of Sacramento Department of Transportation (SACDOT), the City of Rancho Cordova Public Works and the City of Folsom Public Works
Location Sacramento
Rancho Cordova
West end Alhambra Boulevard in Sacramento
SR 16 in Sacramento
Watt Avenue near Sacramento
CR E2 in Rancho Cordova
US 50 near Folsom
East end Greenback Lane in Folsom

Folsom Boulevard is a major east–west arterial in Sacramento County, California in the United States. Its western terminus is at Alhambra Boulevard in the East Sacramento section of Sacramento and its eastern terminus is at Greenback Lane in Folsom.

The actual road, however, runs from the California State Capitol (at 15th Street) in Sacramento to the city of Auburn in Placer County and has various changes of name along the way, which includes Capitol Avenue (old M Street),[1] Folsom-Auburn Road and Auburn-Folsom Road.[2]

For much of the route, it runs nearly parallel with U.S. Route 50 and was that highway's alignment before the freeway was completed in the 1970s.[1][3]

Route description[edit]


Folsom Boulevard begins in the East Sacramento neighborhood (in a southeasterly direction) as a two-lane roadway, expanding to four lanes at 34th Street. It reduces back to two lanes at 47th Street and expands back to four lanes at 59th Street. After passing the intersection of 65th Street, Folsom Boulevard is reduced to two lanes again as it runs beneath the Union Pacific railroad tracks via a short subway tunnel. After passing under U.S. Route 50, Folsom Boulevard once again expands to four lanes and will remain that way at least for the remainder of the route. Folsom Boulevard intersects Howe Avenue and Power Inn Road, overlapping State Route 16 for roughly 1/2 mile (0.8 km). State Route 16 departs Folsom Boulevard for Jackson Road and Folsom Boulevard turns in a northeasterly direction, paralleling the Sacramento Regional Transit light rail tracks. As it reaches Watt Avenue, Folsom Boulevard leaves the city of Sacramento and into the suburb communities of La Riviera and Rosemont.[4]

La Riviera/Rosemont/Rancho Cordova[edit]

Folsom Boulevard continues its northeasterly direction through La Riviera and Rosemont, passing under U.S. 50 for the second time. As it reaches the intersection of Bradshaw Road, Folsom Boulevard enters the city of Rancho Cordova. It then intersects other major intersections, including Mather Field Road, Coloma Road and Zinfandel Drive. Folsom Boulevard passes under U.S. 50 for the third time, intersecting Sunrise Boulevard (County Route E2). It begins to closely parallel U.S. 50 until it intersects Hazel Avenue, leaving Rancho Cordova en route to the city of Folsom.[4]


As Folsom Boulevard reaches Folsom, it meets up with U.S. 50 for a fourth and final time at an interchange. While U.S. 50 continues east towards South Lake Tahoe, Folsom Boulevard turns north towards historic downtown Folsom. It then crosses the American River, ending at the intersection of Greenback Lane. The road itself continues north as Folsom-Auburn Road.[4]

Landmarks and points of interest[edit]

Major cities[edit]

Local transportation[edit]

The Gold Line of Sacramento Regional Transit's light rail line runs along much of Folsom Boulevard. Several stations are located along the corridor and they include:

University/65th Street and Power Inn are nearby stations that also serve Folsom Boulevard.

RT buses 21,[5] 26,[6] 61,[7] 80,[8] 84[9] operate on Folsom Boulevard.

Folsom Stage Line Route 10 operates on a portion of Folsom Boulevard.[10]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire thoroughfare is in Sacramento County.

Location Destinations Notes
Sacramento Capitol Avenue Continuation beyond Alhambra Boulevard; former SR 16 / US 50[11]
Alhambra Boulevard
39th Street
65th Street
SR 16 west (Howe Avenue) to US 50 / Power Inn Road West end of SR 16 overlap
SR 16 east (Jackson Road) / Notre Dame Drive – Jackson East end of SR 16 overlap
Florin Perkins Road, Julliard Drive
Watt Avenue, South Watt Avenue
La Riviera Drive
Mayhew Road
Bradshaw Road
Rancho Cordova
Routier Road, West La Loma Drive
Mather Field Road, Paseo Drive
Coloma Road
Zinfandel Drive
CR E2 (Sunrise Boulevard) to US 50
CR E3 (Hazel Avenue) / Nimbus Road
Folsom US 50 (El Dorado Freeway) – South Lake Tahoe, Sacramento Interchange; US 50 exit 23
Iron Point Road
Blue Ravine Road
Sutter Street – Historic District Interchange; eastbound exit only
Sutter Street (via Reading Street) – Historic District Interchange; westbound left exit and right entrance
Greenback Lane
Folsom-Auburn Road Continuation beyond Greenback Lane


  1. ^ a b "California Highways: U.S. Highway 50". Retrieved 2009-03-02. 
  2. ^ The Thomas Guide: Sacramento County Street Guide (Map) (2008 ed.). Rand McNally. § pages 182, 201, 202, 221, 241, 261, 280, 281, 297, 298, 299 and 318. 
  3. ^ "50 Corridor - US 50 History". Retrieved 2009-03-02. 
  4. ^ a b c Google Maps and Street View. Retrieved on 2009-03-02.
  5. ^ Sacramento Regional Transit: Bus route 21 map
  6. ^ Sacramento Regional Transit: Bus route 26 map
  7. ^ Sacramento Regional Transit: Bus route 61 map
  8. ^ Sacramento Regional Transit: Bus route 80 map
  9. ^ Sacramento Regional Transit: Bus route 84 map
  10. ^ Folsom Stage Line Transit System Map. Retrieved on 2009-03-10.
  11. ^ "Elvas Freeway - US 99E (map of Sacramento showing the routing of State Route 16 and U.S. 50 on Folsom Boulevard)". Joel Windmiller. Archived from the original on 2004-02-17. Retrieved 2009-03-02.