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Park Blvd Bicycle/Pedestrian Path
The Park Blvd Path Project will determine the feasibility of and develop preliminary plans for a 0.7 mile pedestrian and bicyclist path along Dimond Canyon to connect the Oakmore and Montclair neighborhoods.
The City has developed four alternatives from which the preferred alternative will be selected based on the results of a traffic study and community process. Before undertaking detailed design, two critical questions must be answered. First, what is the best design for accommodating walkers, joggers, and bicyclists of varying speeds on an alignment with an average slope of 5% and a maximum slope of 7%? Second, what is the best approach for establishing the necessary width for pedestrian and bicyclist access?
With respect to the user groups, the four alternatives include options with on-street bikeways to allow for separation between bicyclists and pedestrians. With respect to creating the necessary width, the alternatives include narrowing the roadway and reinforcing the existing shoulder with retaining walls to support a path. Work completed to date includes a preliminary analysis of the magnitude and extent of retaining walls needed under the four scenarios.
Conceptual cost estimates for construction of the four alternatives range from $800,000 to $2.5 million. All alternatives include the removal of slip turns at the intersections of Park Blvd/Leimert Blvd and Park Blvd/Monterey Blvd in order to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety at the endpoints of the path. The next step is securing project development funds to select the preferred alternative and develop preliminary plans.