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Rail Trail Segment 7/Phase I Awarded with Completion Slated for Summer 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 4, 2019
updated Jan. 15, 2020
Janice Bisgaard, Community Relations Specialist, (831) 420-5166
Nathan Nguyen, Civil Engineer, (831) 420-5188
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — The City of Santa Cruz has awarded construction of the Coastal Rail Trail Segment 7/Phase I to Graniterock Company. The project will create a paved, multi-use path from Natural Bridges Drive to Bay and California streets with construction expected to begin in December and conclude by the end of summer 2020.
The Coastal Rail Trail includes 20 segments that when completed will provide a 32-mile long separated bicycle/pedestrian path along the coast and is part of the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission’s Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network Master Plan.
The Segment 7/Phase I project will construct a 1.2 mile paved, 12-16 foot wide bicycle/pedestrian trail entirely along the coastal/south side of the existing rail line. It includes a 60-foot long prefabricated steel truss bridge over Arroyo Seco channel, a 70-foot long solider pile retaining wall at Almar Avenue, and additional vehicle and bike parking at and around New Leaf Market.
“Last May, hundreds of our Santa Cruz community turned out to celebrate the open of the Trestle Trail — the very first Coastal Rail Trail segment,” said Public Works Director Mark Dettle. “We are excited that this first phase of Segment 7 will extend safe biking and walking even further. We’re eagerly counting down to the next ribbon cutting!”
The Coastal Rail Trail Segment 7/Phase I project cost of just over $6,423,000 is funded with state and federal funds as well as Measure D allocations through Santa Cruz County’s Regional Transportation Commission and local donors Ecology Action, Friends of the Rail and Trail and Bike Santa Cruz County. Funding for Segment 7/Phase II is currently being pursued.
When Phase II of Segment 7 is built, there will be 2.1 miles of Coastal Rail Trail in Santa Cruz from Natural Bridges Drive to Pacific Avenue connecting over 30,000 residents who live within one mile of the trail to schools, work, beaches, shopping and other activity centers. Segment 7 will provide a safer car-free alternative to Mission Street with connection to the Beach Street bikeway.
Project questions or concerns may be addressed to Project Manager Nathan Nguyen at firstname.lastname@example.org or (831) 420-5188.