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The Humboldt Bay Trail is on track to be completed by the end of the year, says the County of Humboldt | Lost coastal outpost

By Vaseline May30,2024



Construction of Humboldt Bay Trail South will take place in 2023. Photo courtesy of Ghirardelli Associates.

Think about this: By the end of the year, and barring a few miles of side roads in the Arcata Bottoms, you’ll be able to walk or bike to Clam Beach from just north of King Salmon via a dedicated pedestrian bike path. Astonishing.

Press release from the County of Humboldt:

Construction of the Humboldt Bay Trail South project along the Humboldt Bay coastline has made significant progress since its official start in July 2023. The project is scheduled for completion in late 2024 and will extend the Humboldt Bay Trail by 4 miles . the multifunctional walking connection between Eureka and Arcata. The project also includes several area improvements and repairs and will provide breathtaking views and up-close experiences of Humboldt Bay for residents and visitors of all ages and abilities.

The Humboldt Bay Trail is a network of multi-use trails, also called shared-use trails, that provide non-motorized access for transportation and recreational use in the Humboldt Bay region. Filling the gap in the Humboldt Bay Trail between Eureka and Arcata will transform the transportation corridor by separating pedestrians, cyclists and other forms of non-motorized devices from motorists on Highway 101 and removing a major barrier to active transportation between the two largest population centers . in Humboldt County.

“Our vision is to restore access to and protect the coastline, provide a place where people can connect with each other and nature, and provide a multi-use route for those traveling between Eureka and Arcata,” said Humboldt County Public Works Director Thomas K. Mattson. “This expansion will provide a paved, self-contained path for community members who travel, commute or recreate by bicycle, roller skates, skateboard, stroller, wheelchair or other mobility devices.”

Most of the new route segment will run along the Humboldt Bay shoreline, adjacent to the railroad and Highway 101, with a one-mile section atop the levee surrounding the Brainard Mill site. The project includes necessary repairs to stabilize portions of the coastline along the rail corridor, as well as raising the elevation of a mile-long segment of the rail corridor for better protection against flooding and sea level rise.

Construction of the project began in July 2023 and work completed to date includes clearing vegetation, partial rail removal, eucalyptus tree removal, earthworks and grading and laying stones for shoreline repairs. The construction activities planned for 2024 include bridge modifications, importing stones and soil, building three new bridges, paving the path and installing benches and signs. The planned schedule may be affected by a number of unexpected factors, including weather conditions and the construction materials supply chain.

Funding for construction is provided by the California Transportation Commission’s Active Transportation Program, California State Coastal Conservancy and Caltrans District 1.

In addition to meeting the region’s transportation needs and improving coastal access, the Humboldt Bay Trail will provide a critical link in the California Coastal Trail and advance the Great Redwood Trail.

The overall Humboldt Bay Trail is being developed as a partnership between the County of Humboldt, the Humboldt County Association of Government, the City of Arcata, the City of Eureka, the California Department of Transportation, the California State Coastal Conservancy, Great Redwood Trail Agency and the Humboldt Trails Council. , Redwood Community Action Agency, Timber Heritage Association and other partners. Additional information is available at humboldtbaytrail.info.

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