With over 350 miles of trail in place throughout nine counties, stuff is bound to happen. The Bay Trail Project will make every effort to alert the public to trail segments that are closed or detoured for upgrade, repair, or hazardous conditions. But that’s a lot of trail — let us know if we missed something major!
Stanly Lane (Napa) Bay Trail Detour
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), working collaboratively with the city of Napa, PG&E has been checking the area above its natural gas transmission pipeline for items like trees and bushes that could block safety crews from accessing the pipeline in an emergency or for critical maintenance work. PG&E has identified trees along the San Francisco Bay Trail that are located too close to the pipeline and need to be removed for safety reasons. This work is scheduled to begin on January 11 along the trail between Highway 121 and Stanly Lane, and is expected to take approximately three weeks to complete. Please note a portion of the trail will be closed during this work. For more information, please contact PG&E’s outreach specialist Greg Gillis (1-415-973-2137; firstname.lastname@example.org), or visit pge.com/GasSafety.
PG&E is also updating its automated safety valve system along the trail to allow safety crews to monitor and turn off natural gas quickly and remotely during an emergency. This work is scheduled to begin in early February and is anticipated to be complete in May. Trail closures will be updated periodically during this time. For more information, please contact Lindsey Ambrosini (1-415-257-3145; L1K1@pge.com), or visit pge.com/SeeOurProgress.
Bay Bridge Pathway Opens–Almost…
While we’re excited to announce that Caltrans has completed the pathway to Yerba Buena Island, it is important to note that significant work remains to remove the old structure, and therefore significant closures of the pathway are still in effect. The bridge path will be open on weekends and holidays from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and closed weekdays due to adjacent old east span bridge demolition construction work activities. Because other periodic closures may occur, users should always check the Caltrans website for pathway information before heading out for a stroll or a ride. Caltrans website
Intermittent Trail Closures in East Palo Alto and Palo Alto Begin on September 6, 2016
The San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority is leading a project to protect East Palo Alto and Palo Alto from flooding along San Francisquito Creek between San Francisco Bay and U.S. Highway 101. Beginning on September 6, the two-and-a-half-year project will intermittently close the Bay Trail levee trail between the “Friendship Bridge” at O’Connor Street and Geng Road. Other connecting trails in the area will also be affected. Signs are placed at the trailheads and will be updated with the latest closure information and detour routes. Visit the construction website for up-to-date information and click here to sign up for e-mail blasts about the project.
Embarcadero Bridge in Oakland to Close May 11, 2016 for Two Years of Construction
On May 11, 2016, the City of Oakland will begin a two-year construction project to replace the seismically deficient Embarcadero Bridge, part of the Bay Trail network. Located between Estuary Park and 5th Avenue, the project will result in a new bridge with improved facilities for bicyclists and pedestrians, including 6-foot bike lanes in each direction, a 5-foot sidewalk on the north side and a 12-foot multi-use path on the south side. All vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic will be rerouted. View the Public Works project page for a detour map.