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Rails With Trails Project Going to Bid

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View North Near 7th and L Streets – Photo Chris Butner

The City of Arcata is now soliciting bids for the construction of Phase 1 of the Arcata Rails With Trail Project. Phase 1 of 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 (Shay Park).

There was a mandatory pre-bid meeting for potential contractors at the City Council chambers at 10 a.m., Monday, Dec. 15, and the proposal bids must be received by 2 p.m. Monday, January 12, 2015.  Construction of the trail is expected to begin in April, 2015.

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. 

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 check the Rail With Trail website, the Rail With Trial Bid website or call the City of Arcata at 822-8184.