Open House – Rail Trail Project Within the City


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Murray Fontes, Principal Engineer (left) shows Councilman Lowell Hurst the plan.

Update – March 30, 2016: Open House for the Rail Trail Project within the City was held on Monday, March 29th. Residents and staff from local agencies attended the Open House on Monday. Sections of a 32-mile trail that will connect Watsonville to Davenport will soon be constructed, with a 1.2 mile portion in South County slated to be one of the first built.

The 12-foot-wide paved trail will connect Lee Road to the intersection of Walker and West Beach Streets. It will travel underneath Highway 1 through the manabe-Ow Industrial park, connecting to the existing Watsonville Slough trail along the way. (Register Pajaronian – March 30, 2016 – Erik Chalhoub)

The City of Watsonville will host an open house on Monday, March 28, 2016, regarding the Rail Trail project within the City.  The informal public meeting will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Civic Center Community Room B at 275 Main Street in Watsonville.

Preliminary preliminary plans will be available for review and staff from the City and the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) will be available to answer questions.

The project will be a 1.2 mile, paved, multi-use path adjacent to the railroad tracks between Lee Road and the intersection of Walker Street and West Beach Street.  It is part of the RTCs Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Master Plan and will ultimately connect to Pajaro Valley High School via a future Lee Road connection.

Project funding includes federal and state grants and local funds.  Community donations have also been committed by the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County and Ecology Action/Friends of the Rail and Trail.

For additional information call Murray at 768-3117.




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