San Gabriel River Bike Path Realignment Moves Forward

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san gabriel river bicycle path realignment projectThe Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion to award a construction contract for Phase 2 of the San Gabriel River Bicycle Trail Realignment, Supervisor Don Knabe announced last week.

Phase 2 of the project will realign and reconstruct 460 feet of the bike path just south of Del Amo Boulevard. Additionally, the existing reclamation waterline and street lights will be relocated and trail signage, yellow centerline striping, and pavement markings will be installed.

“It is important ensure the safety of everyone who utilizes the bike paths along our riverbeds,” said Supervisor Knabe. “These improvements will continue to enhance safety and increase the enjoyment of the residents and visitors who use the San Gabriel River Bike Trail.”

San Gabriel River Bicycle Trail Project

The San Gabriel River bikeway extends nearly the entire length of the river from Duarte to Long Beach. It passes through the Santa Fe and Whittier Narrows Dam Recreation areas, El Dorado Park and several small community parks along the way.

Several sections of the San Gabriel River Bicycle Trail will be reconstructed in the Cities of Cerritos and Lakewood. Completed in four separate phases, the reconstruction will remove sharp turns and improve the sight distance, which will improve the level of safety for trail users.

Phase 1, which was completed on February 12, 2009, realigned and reconstructed 350 feet of the trail, at Del Amo Boulevard in City of Cerritos. Phase 1 also consisted of the relocation of the existing access gates and power poles, and the installation of trail signage, yellow centerline striping, and pavement markings.

Phase 2, which will cost an estimated $336,000, will realign and reconstruct another 460 feet of the path just south of Del Amo Boulevard. Additionally, the existing reclamation waterline and street lights will be relocated, and trail signage, yellow centerline striping, and pavement markings will be installed.

Phase 3 has a budget of $1,080,000 and consists of the reconstruction of an approximately one mile segment of the trail and widening the existing bike trail from 10 feet to 12 feet wide from Del Amo Boulevard to Carson Street in the City of Lakewood.

Finally, Phase 4 will cost an estimated $1,350,000, and will realign and reconstruct a tunnel and 125 feet of the path at 183rd Street in the City of Cerritos. A new access ramp will be constructed on the north side of 183rd Street, which will follow the alignment of the current tunnel approach.

The San Gabriel River Bicycle Trail project is part of a larger capital investment plan that Supervisor Knabe announced during his annual State of the County address on November 4, 2009.  At the event, Supervisor Knabe unveiled over $42 million in Fourth District Capital Projects that would be built in communities across the Fourth District in 2010.

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