The project budget to complete the feasibility study for the Lower Russian River Trail is $793,500. The feasibility study is funded by the following sources: Caltrans Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant ($620,000), Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District ($120,000), Park Mitigation Fees ($25,000), Transient Occupancy Tax ($10,000), Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation ($5,000), Monte Rio Recreation and Parks District ($5,000), Korbel Winery ($5,000), Russian River Recreation and Parks District ($2,500), and The Wildlands Conservancy ($1,000).
On October 9, 2018, after a competitive consultant selection process, the County Board of Supervisors awarded the service contract in the amount of $664,038 to Alta Planning + Design, Inc. to prepare the feasibility study.
In spring of 2019, two community meetings were held to obtain public input on the trail alignment. A third meeting was held on October 23, 2019 at the Monte Rio Community Center.
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