What & Why?
This 13-mile trail is popular with pedestrians and bicyclists for recreation and commuting because it links Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Graton and Forestville. The West County Regional & Joe Rodota Trails are built along land that was once the Petaluma and Santa Rosa Railway, a line that linked Petaluma and Santa Rosa with Sebastopol and Forestville. It’s believed the railroad bridges and retaining walls were built in the early 1900's.
The bridges were modified for pedestrians and bicyclists and opened to the public in 1990. This long term project is to replace the two small wood bridges on the west end of the trail which are several decades old and at the end of their useful life. In order to maintain the character of the trail, new wood bridges will be installed on new concrete abutments to extend use for many more years.
The next steps for this project are to:
- Begin design and engineering work in Fall of 2018 when funding becomes available.
- Perform structural engineering evaluations and geotechnical investigations for design of the new abutments and bridges.
- Prepare improvement plans and specifications.
- Secure permits.
- Publicly bid the project in Spring of 2021.