Study Identifies Preferred Alignment for Sonoma Valley Trail

January 7, 2016 in News

A preferred route has been identified for a proposed, 13-mile pedestrian and bicycle trail through the Sonoma Valley. The public is invited to view and comment on the suggested alignment and other findings of a PDF filedraft feasibility study at an open house planned for 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Kenwood Fire Protection District office, 9045 Sonoma Highway. The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors will review the study at its Jan. 12 meeting.

The review evaluates the potential for a multi-use trail along Highway 12 between Santa Rosa and the Springs area northwest of Sonoma. Planners began the study in 2014, examining possible alignments, designs, project costs and construction priorities and gathering public feedback.

The resulting recommendation is to align the trail along the west side of the highway between Melita Road and Oakmont Drive, along the east side between Oakmont and Arnold Drive in Glen Ellen and along the west side between Arnold Drive and Agua Caliente Road.

Comments from January’s meetings will be reviewed, and a final version of the study will go to the Board of Supervisors on Feb. 2. If approved, Regional Parks could begin seeking grants to pay for environmental review, design engineering, and trail construction. The feasibility study was funded by a $190,575 grant from Cal Trans and a $21,175 match from the county.

With the exception of a few areas, the Highway 12 corridor lacks sidewalks and bicycle lanes. The proposed trail would improve safety for motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians and promote alternative travel to wineries, parks and other Sonoma Valley attractions.

A Sonoma Valley trail is identified as a priority in the Sonoma County Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and would be a significant part of a countywide trail network. Trail supporters include the cities of Santa Rosa and Sonoma, the Sonoma County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition, and the Santa Rosa Cycling Club.

The PDF filedraft study is available on the Sonoma Valley Trail page in the “planning updates” section of sonomacountyparks.org. (http://parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov/About_Us/Project_Details/Sonoma_Valley_Trail_Proposed.aspx

For more information, contact Planner Ken Tam at ken.tam@sonoma-county.org or (707) 565-2041.

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