August 7, 2013
Construction crews today placed fencing at both ends of a 1.7-mile project along Carquinez Scenic Drive to construct the Martinez Intermodal to Crockett segment of the San Francisco Bay Trail. The trail segment will be closed for about two years for public safety.
“This project has been decades in the making,” said East Bay regional Park District General Manager Robert E. Doyle. “When completed, it will be one of the most scenic trails in the region, with sweeping views of the Carquinez strait, and a way to access parkland in the Martinez, Briones, Crockett and Rodeo areas.”
The $5.6 million construction project will include stabilization of embankments and cut slopes with retaining walls and debris walls; installation of new and repair of existing drainage systems; and rehabilitation and construction of the old roadway to a multi-use, Class I bicycle/pedestrian trail.
During a planned break in the work between October 2013 and April 2014, the area will remain closed to public use. Work will continue in dry seasons, and the project is expected to be complete and the trail reopened in fall 2014.
Carquinez Shoreline Drive was a county road that was closed in the 1980s after landslides severely damaged it. Since the early 2000’s the Park District was in negotiations with Contra Costa County to convert the road back to a trail, with an estimated cost of $7.4 million.
The trail easement was acquired from Contra Costa County in December 2012. Project funding includes federal funds from the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER II) grant and SAFETEA-LU, State Coastal Conservancy, Contra Costa Transportation Authority Measure J and the District’s Measure WW Development funds.
When complete, the San Francisco Bay Trail will be a continuous 500-mile recreational corridor that will encircle the entire Bay Area, connecting communities to each other and to the Bay. It will link the shorelines of all nine counties in the Bay Area and 47 of its cities. To date, 310 miles of the Bay Trail, or more than 60 percent of its ultimate length, have been developed, much of it through East Bay Regional Parks.
More information: Carquinez Construction Fact Sheet