Here's the latest from Yves Zsutty with San José's Department of Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services.
Construction documents for Highway 237 Bikeway (Zanker Road to Coyote Creek) are now at the 95% stage. The plans define a paved trail to replace the existing and deteriorating gravel path that once served as a temporary construction service road during construction of the adjacent highway. Grant funding was secured last year and supports both the design and construction of the project. Construction is expected to get underway later this year. The project will offer a showcase opportunity for several new materials and equipment. The City will use “warm-mix asphalt” which permits on-site recycling of most of the existing pavement and requires less energy to heat the binding oils. Newly developed bollards that are lighter weight and reflective will be installed at trailheads – these units will help to reduce employee injuries and related costs.
A pre-application has been submitted to the State on June 16 seeking $3,000,000 for the planning, design and construction of improvements along the Three Creeks Trail alignment (from Lonus Street to Minnesota Avenue). If accepted, staff will prepare a full application later this year. Watch for opportunities to provide letters of support.
Grant writing is underway to secure funding to study future development of a ramping system from Lower Guadalupe River Trail to Component Drive (north of Highway 101). The ramp would permit an easy connection to light rail and serve several existing and future employment sites in the North San Jose area. If funded, we will notify SVBC members that we’d appreciate their attendance at several community meetings.
Two recent presentations (large files) have been posted on the Reports page of the Trail Program website: www.sjparks.org/trails. The Powerpoint presentations do not offer much text, but the photos help to document the many projects that are underway in San Jose at this time. See the BPAC presentation for the broadest overview.
The Trail Program annual report has been release early this year – the report covers all program and project work completed or on-going over the past 12 months. Find the report at: http://www.sjparks.org/Trails/TrailsReports.asp
Trail Count is the City’s effort to count and survey trail users on an annual basis. The data collected is very useful in preparing competitive grants. Volunteers are needed. A person can offer an hour or more of time to staff a count station. They will be counting pedestrians, bicyclists, equestrians and others, as well as offering a survey postcard to all trail users. The event is a fun opportunity to meet other trail users and enjoy some sunshine (hopefully). The event occurs in mid-September. If you wish to be added to the contract list, please email the Trail Program Manager at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequent “tweets” about trail development in San Jose are posted at “SanJoseTrails”. Sign up today!