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Coastal Rail Trail Segment 7 Construction to Begin Jan. 21

Post Date:01/16/2020 9:00 AM


Jan. 16, 2020

Updated Jan. 21, 2020



Nathan Nguyen, Associate Civil Engineer, (831) 420-5188

Janice Bisgaard, Community Relations Specialist, (831) 420-5166


Graphic: Map of Coastal Rail Trail Segment 7 – Phase I construction site


SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — The City of Santa Cruz is scheduled to begin construction of the Coastal Rail Trail Segment 7 – Phase I Project on Tuesday, Jan. 21. The 1.2 mile long segment will run from Bay Street/California Street to Natural Bridges Drive. Construction is expected to be completed in about eight months, by the end of summer 2020.

The segment will be a paved multi-use trail, 12 to 16 feet wide, with 11 roadway crossings from Bay Street/California Street to Natural Bridges Drive. Construction between each roadway will take approximately two to four weeks, starting with Bay/California to Lennox/Palm, Palm to Dufour, continuing sequentially to Natural Bridges Drive.  The trail segment will include a prefabricated bridge over Arroyo Seco channel, a retaining wall west of Almar Avenue and additional vehicle and bike parking at and around New Leaf Market.

Access to Redwood Street from Bay Street will be closed beginning Jan. 27 for two to four weeks and detoured onto Lennox Street and California Street. On-street parking, sidewalks, and travel lanes will also be impacted during the full construction period.

The Coastal Rail Trail includes 20 projects that when completed will provide a 32-mile long separated bicycle/pedestrian path along the coast and is a part of the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission’s Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network Master Plan.

When Phase II of Segment 7 is built, there will be 2.9 miles of Coastal Rail Trail in Santa Cruz from Natural Bridges Drive to East Cliff Drive 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.

Coastal Rail Trail Segment 7 – Phase I questions or concerns may be addressed to Project Manager Nathan Nguyen at or (831) 420-5188. Any changes to the construction schedule will be posted at





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