Study Identifies Preferred Alignment for Sonoma Valley Trail
January 7, 2016
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 draft 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
study is available on the
Sonoma Valley Trail page in the “planning updates” section of
more information, contact Planner Ken Tam at firstname.lastname@example.org or (707) 565-2041.
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