Construction on the Coastal Rail Trail is continuing during this challenging shelter-in-place environment. You can take a “social distancing” walk to see the progress on Westside Rail Trail, Segment 7, between Dufour Street and Almar Avenue.
New Trail Between Bay Street and Lennox Street
Credit the City of Santa Cruz, Public Works Dept. Nathan Nguyen, P.E.
When finished, Phase I will extend from Natural Bridges Drive to Bay Street and is on track to be completed in September of this year.
Phase II, from Bay Street to Pacific Avenue at the wharf roundabout, has been designed and has all of the needed permits. Once all of the funding is in place, construction can begin.
The City of Santa Cruz will be hiring a design consultant soon for Segments 8 and 9 from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk to 17th Avenue.
Trail construction in Watsonville is moving forward. Granite Rock may be able start work on Segment 18 this month.
Due to cost overruns on other federal projects, the Central Federal Lands (CFL) has delayed funding for Segment 5 of the North Coast Rail Trail (Davenport to Wilder Ranch) until 2024. While a delay is very disappointing, we appreciate that the CFL is committed to making this project happen and to completing all of the pre-construction work so that this segment will be shovel-ready by the middle of 2021 if grants become available.
Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network Final Master Plan
Credit Santa Cruz County RTC