WHY ARE THEY BUILDING THE RAIL CORRIDOR PEDESTRIAN TRAIL?
Annually, 2,200,000 people go to San Clemente Beaches. Daily, 50 trains or more pass through the City of San Clemente in both directions. Tragically, people get hit.
San Clemente Beaches is recognized as the only area in the United States with an active rail corridor along coastal bluffs, rip rap, and a narrowing shoreline that combine to create problems with public beach access. This has caused the project to become high profile, involving various levels of government, transportation agencies, and local citizen groups.
The city has been forced to search for solutions for safe beach access and pedestrian travel parallel to the railroad tracks.
OBSTICALS TO OVERCOME
Due to how close it is going to be to the ocean, the area is vulnerable to continual erosion and huge flooding potential from rain and ocean wave action.
How can this be accomplished while taking into consideration the rushing waves, ocean elevation, sand flow, access for maintenance vehicles, bluff stability, and flooding issues caused by rain?
All of these concerns had to be addressed while still preserving the natural beauty and rustic charm of the San Clemente coastline.
*Rendering courtesy of Borthwick Guy Bettenhausen Inc., Landscape Architects
- PHASE I - a 2.37 mile pedestrian and bike trail from North Beach to Calafia Beach. Trail features include:
- Architectural Design Features
- Mariposa Elevated Boardwalk
- Montavalo and Riviera Pedestrian Bridges
- Tafalgar Vehicular Bridge
- retaining walls
- pilasters and other architectural features.
- Construction Features
- a decomposed granite at-grade surface at the base of the coastal bluffs
- development of grading and drainage plans
- a 1,060' long pile-supported elevated boardwalk
- pedestrian bridges
- development of ADA accessibility
- drainage structures
- irrigation and landscaping improvements
- PHASE II - structural and civil engineering for design plans are currently under way for:
- The Mariposa Point
- El Portal
- Lost Winds
- THE TALE OF THE TRAIL
- 1999 City Council rejected original Trail 5-0
- 2000 RCSEP developed new design
- 2001 Design team hired
- 2003 OCTA approves 20-year lease for trail and Access improvements by City
- 2003 City Council approves new Trail 5-0
- 2003 CPUC, BNSF, Caltrans protest Trail application
- 2004 Settlement agreement with CPUC and BNSF
- 2005 Construction starts in November
At this time, San Clemente’s Coastal Trail Project has obtained all the regulatory approvals for the construction of the Trail.
Cash and Associates has the contract for engineering of the project, while Borthwick, Guy and Bettenhausen are responsible for the design. The contractor T.B. Penick and Sons, Inc. will begin work in November, 2005.
When completed the trail is expected to be 4.5 miles long.
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