Tree Removal Signals Action on Rail Trail

Tree Removal Signals Action on Rail Trail

Portion of project connects downtown Encinitas to Cardiff


Encinitas- Construction crews on June 5th removed the trunks and tops of 12 palm trees that were located within the Coastal Rail Trial project area in the community of Cardiff-by-the-Sea.

The palm trees were removed in order to build a new 1.3-mile segment of a 10-foot-wide bike and pedestrian path, which will be part of the Coastal Rail Trail. Once complete, this segment of the Coastal Rail Trail bikeway will link the community of Cardiff-by-the-Sea with downtown Encinitas.

The trees were located along San Elijo Ave. just north of Verdi Ave. Crews expected to remove the next two weeks.

As part of the project, trees and other landscaping will be planted along San Elijo Ave. near the southern end of the project area at Harbaugh  Seaside Parkway, adjacent to Chesterfield Dr., and at select locations. Construction is expected to be complete in early 2019. The Encinitas segment of the Coastal Rail Trail will provide 1.3 miles of a shared-use, separated path for walking and biking, and buffered bike lanes, along the west side of San Elijo Ave. from Chesterfield Dr. to the Santa Fe Dr. under-crossing. 

The proposed alignment on the east side if the rail corridor will enhance mobility for people walking and biking in Encinitas, improve coastal access, and maintain the surrounding environment and parking availability.

The Encinitas segment of the bikeway is a component of the 44-mile Coastal Rail Trail, a bike route that will run from the city of Oceanside to downtown San Diego, helping fill the bike connectivity gaps in Encinitas. 

The 10 million bike project is part of Build NCC, a collaborative effort between the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and Caltrans District 11. It comprises three primary focus areas- the Interstate 5 (I-5) Express Lanes Project, coastal rail and transit enhancements, and environmental protection and coastal access improvements.

Design, engineering, and construction of the Coastal Rail Trail segments are funded by federal, state, and local funds, including the regional TransNet half-cent sales tax for transportation administered by SANDAG.

By: The Coast News Group

June 15th, 2018