Crews Begin Work on San Gabriel River Bike Path
2012-03-15 · By Editor
The San Gabriel River bike path, one of the most heavily used bike trail systems in the area and a vital link to the coastal environment, is being resurfaced. The City of Long Beach and the City of Seal Beach are funding the project, which is in both cities.
“The San Gabriel River Bike Path is a regional asset and an integral part of our bikeway system in Long Beach,” Mayor Bob Foster said. ”This resurfacing project will help sustain the momentum of increased bike usage in Long Beach, with minimal impact on the public.”
The work is scheduled on weekdays from Monday, March 19, to Monday, March 26, and will be done in three segments, starting just south of Pacific Coast Highway in Seal Beach and ending at Carson Avenue. There will be no General Fund impact.
While crews are working on one segment, the other two segments will remain open. The bike trail will be resurfaced with asphalt containing recycled rubber from approximately 6,000 old tires. Afterward, new reflective traffic striping and increased signage, including mile-markers, will be installed.
”The San Gabriel River Bike Path is decades — old, but still very popular with everyone from serious bicyclists to families enjoying a fun recreational outing on the weekends,” said Seal Beach Mayor Michael P. Levitt. “We’re pleased to participate in this project, because it is an investment in our community and active lifestyle.”
The estimated project cost is $687,657. Of that amount, $200,000 will be offset by grant funds awarded to the City of Seal Beach by the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy.
The City of Long Beach’s share of the project expense is supported by $375,000 in Measure R sales tax funding and $112,657 in Transportation Development Act (TDA) grant funding.
The work will be completed well in advance of the Seal Beach 5K/10K Run on April 21, and the Tour of Long Beach on May 5, which are the next major events that will use the trail.