Central Sonoma Valley Trail

Summary

Measure M Sales Tax at WorkThe goal of this project is to create a safe route for pedestrians and bicyclists between Verano Avenue and Agua Caliente Road north of Sonoma. This multi-phased project is described in the Central Sonoma Valley Bikeway Plan, which identifies a conceptual 2.76-mile bike/pedestrian pathway consisting of bike paths, bike lanes, and bike routes paralleling Highway 12. The pathway will provide pedestrians and bicyclists an alternative route to the highway through on-street and off-street improvements.

The first trail segment was completed in May 2011 and starts at DeChene Avenue and continues through Larson Park. Completion of the additional trail segments is anticipated in summer of 2016. Regional Parks is responsible for developing the off-street connections (Class I bike paths) and the county's Transportation and Public Works Department is responsible for developing on-street connections (Class II bike lanes and Class III bike routes.)

This project was initiated by a coalition of community groups, agencies, and elected officials, which lead to development of the Central Sonoma Valley Bikeway Plan in 2001. Groups included the Verano Springs Association, Sonoma Valley Trails Committee, Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Central Sonoma Valley Trail Task Force.

Trail Segments

The current project consists of constructing three paved trail (Class I bike path) segments.

Sonoma Charter School – Vailetti Property Trail Segment (0.31 miles)

This trail segment starts at Vailetti Drive, continues south through the Sonoma Charter School and Vailetti properties and ends at Depot Road. The Vailetti family and MidPen Housing will construct this trail segment as part of their joint mixed-use development which was approved by the County in 2015. The proposed development includes affordable and senior housing, a retail complex, community garden, and a segment of the Central Sonoma Valley Trail. The projected completion date for this trail segment is spring 2016.

Flowery School Trail Segment (0.11 miles)

This trail segment starts at Larson Park and extends north through Flowery Elementary School to Depot Road. Proposed improvements include a paved path and pedestrian/bicycle bridge crossing Pequeño Creek. In July 2015, the County obtained a public access easement from the Sonoma Valley Unified School District to construct the trail on school property. The scheduled completion date is summer 2016.

Verano Avenue Trail Segment (0.31 miles)

This trail segment starts at Main Street and continues west on the north side of Verano Avenue to Sonoma Creek. Along this route, there are no sidewalks on either side of the road, but there is a crosswalk connecting to Maxwell Farms Regional Park. The proposed improvements include a paved path separated from traffic on Verano Avenue. All of the improvements will be on county property. The scheduled completion date is summer 2016.

Cost & Funding

The DeChene Avenue-Larson Park segment was funded by $50,500 of State Proposition 40, $50,000 of Transportation Development Act Article 3, and $63,000 of Sonoma County's Measure M, a quarter-cent sales tax for transportation improvements approved by voters in 2004.

The Flowery Elementary School and Verano Avenue trail segments are funded by $500,000 from Metropolitan Transportation Commission Lifeline Transportation Program, $100,000 from the local Measure M and $25,000 from county park mitigation fees.

The Sonoma Charter School – Vailetti Property Trail Segment is funded by credited County Park mitigation fees. The estimated construction costs for this trail segment is $211,000. 

Next Steps

The environmental work for the Flowery Elementary School and Verano Avenue trail segments was completed in 2015. The design and engineering work will be completed in early 2016. The scheduled construction completion date for both trail segments is summer 2016.

The Sonoma Charter School – Vailetti Property Trail segment is being constructed by a private developer as part of their mixed use housing/retail development. The trail construction started in spring 2015 and is scheduled to be completed in summer 2016.

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For more information about this project, please contact planner Ken Tam at ken.tam@sonoma-county.org or (707) 565-3348.

Questions or Comments?

Contact Project Manager:

Ken Tam
Call:  (707) 565-3348
Email:  Ken Tam

Central Sonoma Valley Bikeway

Central Sonoma Valley Bikeway

PDF fileBikeway Map (445 kB)

Central Sonoma Valley Trail

PDF fileProject Map (1.68 MB)

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