The City of Santa Cruz and Cushman Contracting began construction of the first segment of the Coastal Rail Trail — the San Lorenzo River Parkway Phase III/Trestle Trail Project — on Wednesday, Jan. 2. A bike/pedestrian detour will be in effect as the San Lorenzo River Railroad Trestle Bridge and surrounding bike/pedestrian paths will be closed the duration of the project, which is expected to conclude in late May 2019.
The Trestle Trail Project will remove the existing 4-foot wide wooden pedestrian walkway and construct a 10-foot wide elevated bike/pedestrian path with new steel supports, bike friendly railing, a slip resistant surface, and low level lighting The new path will be approximately 340 feet long and connect to the existing access ramps at each end of the bridge.
The project will improve direct bike/pedestrian access between the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and the Seabright neighborhood and the Santa Cruz Riverwalk levee path and downtown Santa Cruz.
The $2.03 million construction project is funded with a California Natural Resources Agency grant, Transportation Development Act funds, and City of Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission Measure D allocations.
Trestle Trail Project questions or concerns may be addressed to Ricardo Valdés, Associate Civil Engineer, at (831) 420-5198 or RValdes@cityofsantacruz.com.