Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) Trail
Hearn Avenue to Joe Rodota Trail
The Sonoma County Regional Parks Department and SMART District are working
together to construct a 1.3 mile multi-use pathway (aka SMART Trail) from
Hearn Avenue to the Joe Rodota Trail. This is a multi-jurisdictional
partnership project that involves other partners such as the Sonoma County
Transportation Authority and City of Santa Rosa. This is one segment of the
70 mile SMART Trail that will eventually provide a north south bicycle and
pedestrian pathway from Larkspur in Marin County to Cloverdale in Sonoma
County. Furthermore, this pathway will provide connections to other bicycle
and pedestrian paths such as the Joe Rodota Trail and Prince Memorial
The pathway improvements will be located within the SMART
railroad right of way. The County and SMART will enter into an agreement for
the improvements and maintenance.
From Hearn Avenue to Sebastopol
Road the pathway will be located on the east side of the railroad bed. From
Sebastopol Road to the existing Joe Rodota Trail, the pathway will be located
on the west side of the railroad bed. The pathway starts at the northern
intersection of Hearn Avenue where there is an existing concrete sidewalk and
bike lanes. The pathway continues north to Colgan Creek Channel where a new
clear span pedestrian/bicycle bridge will be installed. The estimated size of
the prefabricated bridge is 10 feet wide by 50 feet long which will span from
top of bank to top of bank. The bridge will be supported by two concrete
piers at each end.
The environmental study for the pathway has been completed. The project is on hold because the State has not approved the release of redevelopment funds which is needed to fully fund the construction costs. About half of the construction costs would be funded by the Santa Rosa Southwest Redevelopment Funds. The City of Santa Rosa and County is waiting for a response from the State.
The project is funded by Santa Rosa
Southwest Redevelopment Funds and Regional Bicycle Program (federal
Questions or Comments?
Contact Project Manager:
Call: (707) 565-3348
Email: Ken Tam
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