A new bike trail will be constructed on L St. in the Creamery District in the fall of 2014. The California Transportation Commission approved an $842,000 grant to the City of Arcata to construct the First Phase of the Arcata Rail with Trail Connectivity Project. The paved, two direction, ADA accessible, multi-use trail will span 1.1 miles from Samoa Blvd. to the corner of Foster and Alliance Roads. The City of Arcata is in the process of finalizing design and right of way agreements and the project is planned to be out to bid this summer for construction beginning this fall.
The section of trail passing through the Creamery District will be on the west side of the railroad tracks along L St. Two “Traffic tables” with street narrowing bulb-outs will be located at 8th Street and 9th Street. There will be 15 foot tall LED “Shepherd hook” lighting and LED pedestrian level lighting. See the diagram for details.
In addition to bicycle use, the trail will provide transportation, recreation, and ultimately coastal access for pedestrians, joggers, wheelchair users, skaters, and other non-motorized users. This key trail segment is designed to reduce single occupant vehicle trips and to provide safe connectivity to major youth and family destination spots throughout the community. The trail will serve as Arcata’s through-town portion of the California Coastal Trail and the Humboldt Bay Trail. The Humboldt Bay Trail is being planned and developed as a series of linked projects in coordination with the Humboldt County Association of Governments (HCAOG), County of Humboldt, City of Arcata, City of Eureka, California Department of Transportation (CalTrans), and the North Coast Railroad Authority (NCRA).
For more information about the Rails with Trails project call the City of Arcata at 822-8184, or check the Rail With Trail website.