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Council moves forward on new trail in Roseville

Multi-use path would connect to downtown, Miner’s Ravine system
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Roseville is moving forward on a new multi-use trail that proponents say will enhance the city’s bike trail system — but the project likely won’t be completed until 2025.

The Roseville City Council unanimously approved a professional services agreement for the Dry Creek Greenway Trail during Wednesday’s meeting. The trail will run along Dry, Cirby and Linda creeks for a distance of about 4.25 miles.

“I wanted to express my support for the bike trail proposal that’s moving forward,” Councilman John Allard said. “There was a community steering committee that sat down and looked at all the bike trails in Roseville and came up with recommendations and this was the top recommendation to make this connection to really complete a city-wide bike trail.”

This trail was identified as a priority in the city’s Bikeway Master Plan. But construction funding is not currently available, and isn’t expected to become available until 2015 at the earliest, said acting Public Works Director Rhon Herndon.

The project will be constructed in multiple phases as money becomes available.

Under the agreement approved Wednesday, the city will use Psomas, a civil engineering firm, to conduct a feasibility analysis, environmental review and preliminary engineering. Staff expects this process to be finished within the next two years for a cost not to exceed $897,818.

Construction will take 10 years for an estimated cost of $25 million, said the city’s Bikeways Manager Mike Dour.

The trail would begin near Darling Way and Riverside Avenue and continue east past the Old Auburn Road and South Cirby Way intersection. The path roughly parallels Cirby Way.

“It would provide a continuous trail connection from the south side of Roseville where we have few trails right now into downtown Roseville and then out into the extensive Miner’s Ravine trail system,” Dour said. “We suspect this project will support our efforts for downtown revitalization and enhancements and it will further set the stage for regional trail development to the west and the east.”

Herndon said the city will meet with neighborhood groups along the path and other stakeholders to solicit public input for the trail project. This public outreach period will begin by early summer.

During the council meeting, Allard — who will be termed out of office at the end of this year — encouraged the council to keep the construction of this trail a top priority.

Here’s a look at some other items approved during the March 7 council meeting:

Fiddyment Road widening project call for bids: A segment of Fiddyment Road will be widened to five lanes, which includes three northbound lanes and two southbound lanes. The third southbound lane will be constructed by the Sierra Vista Specific Plan developers as a future project at their expense. Construction will begin this spring and end this fall. The budget is $2.7 million and is funded by Proposition 1B funds and Traffic Mitigation Funds.

Roseville Electric customer outreach plan agreement: The utility hired Pro Prose to develop its public outreach marketing strategies for a contract not to exceed $62,813. In fall 2011, Roseville Electric conducted its biannual business customer satisfaction survey and found that 95 percent of customers are satisfied with the utility provider. The survey also found Roseville Electric’s biggest challenge is successfully reaching customers with information on programs and services.

Proposition 1B transit-related grants and agreements: The city will use $1.9 million in grants for the Louis Orlando Transfer Point reconstruction and park and ride lot, downtown transfer point reconstruction and bus replacement acquisition. These projects will modernize and improve the safety of public transit in Roseville.

Purchase of wetland mitigation credits: The city has obtained permits for the Fiddyment Road widening project, which require purchase of .14 acres of emergent marsh and .48 acres of seasonal wetland credits to offset project-related impacts. Total cost not to exceed $86,000 with no general fund impact.

Vehicles purchase: The police department will purchase four Kawasaki motorcycles from Big Sky Motorsports and the fire department will purchase one Ford Expedition for a total cost of $128,451. Funding is included in the Auto Replacement Fund.

Town Square budget adjustment: The council approved added engineering design costs of $120,000 for the downtown town square. Costs for the completion of the town square will be covered by the Public Facilities Fund in the amount of $3,995,640. Council approved a professional services agreement with Carducci and Associates for the design in 2010. Since then, several modifications have been suggested, including redesign of bathrooms and trash enclosure, a new fire pit, design for the stage’s shade structure and more.

Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at SenaC_RsvPT.