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Proposed multi-use trail in Roseville at least a decade away

City attempting to address stakeholder concerns
By: Sena Christian, Staff Reporter
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Regional bike trail discussion

What: Discussion of bike trail and impact on nature trail

When: 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14

Where: Cool River Pizza, 1805 Cirby Way in Roseville

Info: Hosted by Friends of Linda Creek. Open to the public.

 

The city of Roseville is moving forward on plans for a regional bike trail, although the completion of that project is at least 10 years away.

With an estimated price tag of up to $10 million, the biggest hindrance is funding, said Roseville Alternative Transportation Manager Mike Dour.

The city is also engaged in a time-consuming process to address stakeholder concerns, some of which include what will become of the existing walking trail in the area, how the project might impact the environment and how nearby property owners will be affected.

The Dry Creek Greenway Trail is a proposed paved, multi-use trail along Dry, Cirby and Linda creeks that would span 4.25 miles and connect other existing and planned trails to form a loop around the greater Sacramento area.

Despite being in the works for more than three decades, the trail remains several years off. The project was revived in earnest in 2006.

The city has held more than a dozen public workshops on the proposed trail, and has assembled a stakeholder group with property owners, representatives from the eight affected neighborhoods, Roseville City School District, Dry Creek Conservancy and Biking Roseville, a cycling group with 70 members.

“I’m in favor of the (project),” said Biking Roseville Director David Allen. “Roseville cyclists want to ride their bikes for recreation, exercise and to get around town without the concerns many have of riding on Roseville streets. This shared-use trail will significantly expand the trail network and provide an off-street connection between east neighborhoods and downtown. It will add a much-needed crossing of I-80. We hope it will also one day connect to the American River Bike Trail.”

Allen said his main concern is how long the project will take to complete. Dour acknowledged that the regional connections constitute a long-term goal.

“That’s off into the future,” Dour said. “When? We’re not sure.”

Some nearby homeowners are concerned because the city may have to buy their private property — slivers of land, not any houses — to accommodate the trail. Other residents are worried about whether the paved trail will replace the unpaved walking trail currently in the Linda Creek greenbelt. This group prefers two separate trails.

In early 2013, the city plans to proceed with environmental review. The city expects the trail to be constructed in multiple phases, beginning several years from now. Funding will come from various federal and state grants.