|photo: Richard Masoner|
Goal number 10 of the City of San Jose's Green Vision is interconnected trails. More specifically "Create 100 miles of trails connection with 400 miles of on-street bikeways by 2022". More information can be found on the city's Green Vision website.
The project scope includes the installation of 12’ wide asphalt paving with gravel shoulders to improve pedestrian and bicycle access. Entry to the trail will be via all intersection streets. Under-crossings exist at all roadways so the trail system is entirely off-street. Decorative pavement in the form of a multi-color compass will appear at trail entry points and reinforce the direction of travel. Five interpretive stations will educate and inform trail users about the history of Alviso, the river’s ecology, the Hetch-Hetchy Water System, the discovery of “Lupe” the mammoth, and the history of San Jose’s airport. During construction, a signed detour will guide trail users to North First Street for pedestrian and bicycle travel.
The project is funded through the 2005 Federal Transportation Bill (Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users or SAFETEA-LU) and local City funding.
This project is tentatively set to be on the City Council Agenda for bidder selection on April 24, 2012. Construction is scheduled to start in June. Construction is expected to take 10 months - contract documents limit work to a 300-day period.
About San Jose Trails
San Jose has one of the nation’s largest urban trail networks with nearly 54 miles already open to the public. The City’s Green Vision advances development of a 100- mile interconnected network by 2022. The Guadalupe River Trail is a core system in the network and serves both recreational and commute users.
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