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Bay Trail Sears Point Connector study area looking northeast

Bay Trail Sears Point Connector Public WORKSHOP

Aug 22, 2017

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Please join us for a discussion about the Bay Trail Sears Point Connector. TheSonoma County Regional Parks Department is preparing a feasibility study and preliminary engineering analysis for an approximately one-mile connection between the existingEliot Trail and the Tolay/Tubbs Island Trail at Sears Point in southeast Sonoma County. August 30, 2017 from 6:30  8:30 PM at Sonoma Veterans Memorial Building, 126 First Street West, SonomaCA 95476

Regional Parks is preparing a feasibility study and preliminary engineering analysis for an approximately one-mile connection between the existing Eliot Trail and the Tolay/Tubbs Island Trail at Sears Point in southeast Sonoma County (see project map, below). The trail options being considered would cross the Upper Tolay Lagoon that is currently being restored. The trail connection would be located adjacent to Highway 37, just east of Arnold Drive/Highway 121 and the Sonoma Raceway. The Study will identify the preferred alternative route to make the connection, along with costs and environmental issues associated with trail construction and operation. Options being considered include a trail on marsh fill, a floating boardwalk, or an elevated boardwalk. 

What & Why?

The planned 500-mile San Francisco Bay Trail includes 29 miles that have been proposed for Sonoma County. So far in Sonoma County, 13.6 miles of the Bay Trail have been completed, but these segments are not continuous. Planning and design work is needed to bridge the current 0.8 mile trail gap between the Tolay Creek and Sears Point Bay Trail segments. 

one-mile connection between the existing Eliot Trail and the Tolay/Tubbs Island Trail at Sears Point in southeast Sonoma County

This gap is the proposed Sears Point Connector Trail, a 0.8 mile trail located within an area that is environmentally sensitive and subject to sea level rise and tidal fluctuations. This area includes an 8-mile round trip trail along Tolay Creek and a 2.4 mile segment within the Sears Point Restoration Project.

A feasibility study is needed to:

  • determine the trail alignment and trailhead layout design
  • develop preliminary design/engineering plans for the trail
  • recommend trail construction materials
  • determine potential impacts and mitigations
  • identify and provide recommendations for issues that may need to be resolved

The completed feasibility study will help prepare a project budget to secure future grant funds to develop the 0.8 mile connector trail.

What's Next?

The County has hired Questa Engineering to prepare a feasibility study for the 0.8 mile trail gap. The study is underway to determine the best route within an environmentally sensitive area. The study includes but is not limited to:

  • stakeholder outreach,
  • evaluating existing site conditions and roads,
  • researching and reviewing environmental data,
  • consulting regulatory agencies,
  • and preparing preliminary design/engineering plans.

The study is scheduled to be completed by the end of October 2017.

Get Involved

One future public meeting will be scheduled to allow the public to learn more information about the project and to provide input on the trail alignment.

To be automatically alerted about the meeting, please sign up for planning updates. Subscribe now

Questions? Not able to attend?

Contact Ken Tam, Project Manager
(707) 565-3348
ken.tam@sonoma-county.org
www.sonomacountyparks.org

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