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Portion of Santa Ana River Trail receives $3.4 million in funding

SANTA ANA RIVER TRAILThe California Coastal Conservancy Board on Thursday approved $3.4 million for construction of a portion of the Santa Ana River Trail in San Bernardino County.

Once completed, the Santa Ana River Trail will be about 100 miles long and will connect the Inland Empire from the crest of the San Bernardino Mountains to the Pacific Ocean near Huntington Beach. Once complete, it will be one of the longest urban recreation river parkways in the United States.

The $3.4 million will be used for the construction of Phase 3 of the trail from Waterman Avenue in San Bernardino to California Street in Redlands. This trail segment consists of a paved bikeway – a shared use path that is physically separated from any street or highway and may be used by pedestrians, skaters, wheelchair users, and other non-motorized users.

The funding is part of the Proposition 84 bond that allotted $45 million to the Santa Ana River Trail, giving each county $10 million towards their segment of the trail. The California Coastal Conservancy Board is the administrator of these grant funds.

Once accepted by the Board of Supervisors, the County can begin working on construction documents, permits and then construction of the next 3.8 miles of the trail. After completion of Phase 3, there will still be 11 miles of the trail to compete which could take approximately four more years.

To view a map of the Phase 3 segment, click here.

5 Responses to Portion of Santa Ana River Trail receives $3.4 million in funding

  • After all is said and done, what about safety? Is there going to be any kind of action done to keep the path safe for all? There are lots of stretches on this trail that are not very safe, especially for single riders/walkers etc. Around the Mt Rubidoux area you’ve got squatters who accost runners and bikers, same can be said further down south (Whittier Narrows, Pico Rivera, Downey, Long Beach etc.) as the trail leads by river side where there are no vehicles to catch glimpses of unruly actions. Will some of this money go to installing cameras at intervals where all angles are visible to at least a one eyed sentry? If safety is not addressed at this stage, people will not use the trail to its potential and this asset will turn into an unused wasteland. Someone has to pay for upkeep even if the trail is not used, please keep the trail safe and reserve some cash for security surveillance, and at a hundred miles, that will require a lot of monthly cash expense.

  • Yeah!!!!!!
    Now let’s hope we actually get it done this time and someone lights a fire on County Parks to not loss this.
    What is timeline for project?

  • The administering and approval agency should be corrected to read Coastal Conservancy NOT Coastal Commission. 2 very difft agencies. Please correct the error. Thanks

  • This is great news.

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