Construction of the Coastal Rail Trail Segment 7/Phase 1 has been awarded to Graniterock Company by the city of Santa Cruz, and construction is expected to wrap up by the end of next summer.
The city said the project will create a paved, multiuse path from Natural Bridges Drive to Bay and California streets. Construction is expected to start in that area in December.
The trail is made up of 20 segments that will provide a 32-mile separated bike/pedestrian path along the coast when it’s finished.
A 1.3-mile paved, 12 to 16-foot wide bike and pedestrian trail along the coast will be constructed for the Segment 7/Phase 1 project. It will include a prefabricated steel truss bridge over Arroyo Seco channel, a solider pile retaining wall at Almar Avenue and more vehicle and bike parking near 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.”
This segment of the project will cost just over $6.4 million, and that funding comes from state and federal funds, as well as from Measure D allocations and local donors.