Hikers and bikers can stay high and dry when they use the new, 60-foot-long bridge to cross Round Valley Creek, a tributary of Marsh Creek. The bridge is about 1.8 miles west of Marsh Creek Staging Area off Marsh Creek Road east of Clayton. The bridge opened for public use November 6, 2012.
"The installation of a clear span bridge in lieu of a seasonal, creek ford crossing provides improved public access while helping to control creek erosion and protect riparian habitat," said Diane Althoff, Park District Chief of Design and Construction.
The project included construction of concrete bridge abutments, installation of a 60-foot-long, weathering steel bridge and grading of the approach trails to conform to the prefabricated, clear span pedestrian and bicycle bridge. The construction contract was approximately $140,000.
The bridge crossing is accessible from the Marsh Creek Staging Area via the Miwok (1.5 miles) or Hardy Canyon (3.2 miles) trails. The new bridge connects these two trails to the Fox Tail Trail and Murphy Meadow Trail, which provide access to the Round Valley Group Camp located about 1.3 miles from the project site.
Carolyn Jones, Public Information Supervisor