Santa Cruz Trestle Trail Project Wins Project of the Year Award

City of Santa Cruz Press Release:

The City of Santa Cruz San Lorenzo River Parkway Trestle Trail Project has been recognized as the Bikeways and Trails Project of the Year 2019 from the American Society of Civil Engineers, San Francisco region. The submission was made by the project’s engineering design consultant MME of Santa Cruz who received the award on Sept. 12 at a ceremony in San Francisco with the City’s project manager and project inspector.

The Outstanding Bikeways and Trails Project of the Year recognizes projects whose primary focus is improvement of or implementation of new bikeways and/or trails that improve and promote community connectivity. The project must have been completed within the last two years and be situated within the San Francisco region.

The San Lorenzo River Parkway Trestle Trail Project has replaced the previous 4-foot wide walkway on the San Lorenzo River Railroad Trestle Bridge with a new multi-use trail that is 10 feet wide. It marks the very first portion of the Coastal Rail Trail which together with other projects will provide a 32-mile long separated bicycle/pedestrian path along the coast and is a part of the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission’s Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network Master Plan.

The Trestle Trail project opened with a ribbon-cutting on May 22 attended by over 200 community members grateful for safer and easier biking and walking between the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and the Seabright area and between the Santa Cruz Riverwalk levee and downtown. It supports the City’s Go Santa Cruz initiative and Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon emissions.