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What is the Coastal Rail Trail?
The Coastal Rail Trail is a planned continuous bike route
that runs approximately 44 miles between the City of Oceanside and Santa Fe
Depot in Downtown San Diego. The Coastal Rail Trail was initially planned in
the mid-1990s and is being constructed in segments by SANDAG and the various
cities it traverses.
The Coastal Rail Trail is designed to improve biking and
walking connections to destinations along the San Diego County coastline,
including to homes, businesses, local parks, school and beaches. It is a
critical part of a larger vision for a diverse regional bike system of
interconnected corridors, support facilities, and programs to make biking a
convenient form of transportation for everyday travel.
What is the Coastal Rail Trail alignment in the City of
The Encinitas stretch of the Coastal Rail Trail consists of
three segments. The first segment is now under construction between Santa Fe
Drive and Chesterfield Drive in the community of Cardiff-by-the-Sea.
SANDAG recently obtained a state grant to evaluate all
alignment options between Santa Fe Drive and La Costa Avenue. SANDAG will be
working closely with the City of Encinitas, the North County Transit District,
and the California Coastal Commission to evaluate the options over the next two
of Chesterfield Drive, the Coastal Rail Trail is anticipated to follow Highway
101 from Chesterfield Drive to Solana Beach. The proposed project includes
restriping this section of roadway. Currently, this project is not scheduled
is the Encinitas project needed and what are the benefits?
project will provide safe and convenient connectivity for people who walk and
bike in Encinitas. The path will help to create a network of facilities to
offer more transportation choices in the community by providing safe routes for
people to walk and bike to parks, beaches, shops, schools, and
project also will help fulfill the vision laid out in the San Diego Regional
Bike Plan to make riding a bike a useful form of transportation for everyday
travel by connecting people of all ages and abilities to many community assets,
including beaches, schools, neighborhoods, transit, employment, and other key
project is also one of the improvements identified in the North Coast Corridor
(NCC) Public Works Plan/Transportation and Resource
Enhancement Program (PWP/TREP).
The PWP/TREP includes a package of highway, rail, biking/walking,
environmental, and coastal access improvements along San Diego’s North Coast
Corridor – a 27-mile stretch from La Jolla to Oceanside – over the next 30
What is the first segment of the project and where is it
first segment of the Coastal Rail Trail in Encinitas is currently under
construction in the community of Cardiff-by-the-Sea and will provide a 1.3-mile
walking and biking path along the east side of the railroad tracks near San
Elijo Avenue, from Chesterfield Drive to the Santa Fe Drive undercrossing.
is responsible for building the first segment of the Coastal Rail Trail in
San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is the lead agency responsible
for the project. Caltrans is serving as the construction contract oversight
manager. SANDAG and Caltrans have and will continue to collaborate with the
City of Encinitas, California Coastal Commission (CCC), North County Transit
District (NCTD) and other involved agencies.
is the project status of the first segment in Encinitas?
began on the first segment in April 2018 and is expected to be completed in
will parking be impacted during construction of the first segment?
temporary concrete barrier has been installed along the west side of San Elijo
Avenue between Verdi Avenue and Santa Fe Drive. Parking is prohibited on this
stretch of road during construction. All construction activity will take place
behind the barrier and will not require regular road closures. Reduced parking
in the form of parallel parking will return along this stretch of road when
construction is completed, anticipated for October 2018.
along the west side of San Elijo Avenue, south of Verdi Avenue and north of
Chesterfield Drive, will not be impacted during construction as the Coastal
Rail Trail will be set-back from the road.
is construction of the first segment taking place over summer?
first segment of the Coastal Rail Trail is an approximate year-long project. It
is being built in conjunction and alongside the San Elijo Lagoon Double-Track
project. The concurrent construction plans were designed to minimize the
environmental impact and length of time that construction would take place in
the community. Both projects are expected to be completed by spring 2019,
before the next summer season.
the palm trees along San Elijo Avenue just north of Verdi Avenue be replanted?
Twelve palm trees along San
Elijo Avenue were removed in early June. This was necessary in order to create
the space for the bikeway in this area of the project. While the palm trees
could not be relocated, twelve Parkinsonia
x ‘Desert Museum’ (Desert Museum Palo Verde) trees will be planted
towards the end of the project, at the southern end
of the project area – inside and nearby the Harbough Seaside Parkway.
Construction crews also will
hydroseed with a native plant species mix on the remaining graded areas to
restore the area alongside the completed bikeway. Landscaping plans were
designed with the existing corridor in mind – preserving natural habitat and
this project affect emergency vehicle access?
this project is not anticipated to impede emergency vehicle access to nearby
homes and neighborhoods. SANDAG, Caltrans, and the City of Encinitas will
continue to coordinate with local first responders to ensure emergency service
providers are informed of the project plans and encouraged to provide their
this project impact traffic?
project is intended to improve transportation choices in Encinitas and, in
particular, create better connections from neighborhoods to key destinations
throughout coastal communities without using a car. Traffic flow is expected to
remain the same.
there be a fence constructed alongside the rail line for this project?
fence separating the path from the railroad tracks is required by the North
County Transit District to be built as part of the Coastal Rail Trail project.
The fence being built along the first segment of the Encinitas Coastal Rail
Trail will be a 48-inch tall post and cable fence. The fence will be located closer to the
railroad tracks in locations where the North County Transit District railroad
right of way is wide. The fence will be located closer to the Coastal Rail
Trail path where the railroad right of way is narrow.
is the first segment of the Encinitas Coastal Rail Trail project funded?
engineering, and construction of the first segment of the Encinitas Coastal
Rail Trail are funded by federal, state, and local funds, including the
regional TransNet half-cent sales tax
for transportation administered by SANDAG. The project is also partially funded
by a State of California Active Transportation Program grant.
can I stay informed about the project?
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