2010 bike plan has ambitious list

By From page A11 | March 20, 2013

Transportation planner Jerry Barton named several El Dorado Hills representatives who helped create the commission’s 2005 Bike Transportation Plan, and others involved in its 2010 update.

Barton recapped the three classes of bike trails and typical cost per mile:

• Class I — a separate paved and striped path: $400,000 to $1 million-plus
• Class II — a 4-foot paved, signed and striped addition to the roadway: $25,000 to $300,000
• Class III — lightly trafficked local roads that connect destinations: $3,000 to $150,000, depending on shoulder widening

The commission’s mission is transportation, not recreation, he said. Grants are awarded to projects that “reduce automotive traffic by connecting communities and activity centers.” Barton said. Having a school on the route helps.

The plan identifies more than 100 potential bike route projects on the Western Slope, nine of which are deemed priority. Seven of the nine are located in El Dorado Hills but only two of the nine have been funded (one in El Dorado Hills).

Bike trail projects in 2010 plan

The 2010 El Dorado County Bicycle Transportation Plan identified nine priority pedestrian/bike route projects countywide, seven of which are in El Dorado Hills.

Silva Valley Parkway
Connection: Highway 50 to Green Valley Road
Proposal: Class II bike lanes in existing paved shoulder
Would prohibit street parking near schools
Status: none

El Dorado Hills Boulevard, Phase I

Connection: Harvard Way to St. Andrews Drive and Governors Drive to Francisco Drive
Proposal: Sign and stripe existing Class I path
Status: Grant applications failed

Green Valley Road

Connection: Pleasant Grove Middle school to Loch Way
Proposal: Class II bike route
Status: EDCTC and DOT won $500,000 grant

Old Bass Lake Road

Connection: Bass Lake Road to El Dorado Hills Boulevard via Tong Road
Proposal: Class I and III bike route
Potential conflicts with new freeway interchange, private property and proposed projects in area
Status: None

Saratoga Way
Connection: Saratoga Way in El Dorado Hills to Iron Point Road in Folsom
Proposal: Class II along new road or Class I standalone
Status: None. New road not funded

Northside School bike route

Connection: Auburn Lake Trails to Northside School
Proposal: 2 miles of Class I and II bike route
Status: funded by four separate grants

Bass Lake Road

Connection: Highway 50 to Green Valley Road
Proposal: Class II Bike Lanes along realigned Bass Lake Road in proposed Silver Springs project south of Pleasant Grove School, finish gaps in Class I and II south of Bass Lake
Status: awaiting Silver Springs development, which will realign Bass Lake Road

Highway 50 overcrossing
Connection: Raley’s Shopping Center to Town Center
Proposed: U-shaped bridge over freeway and ramps on east side of El Dorado Hills Boulevard
Estimated cost: $4.8 million
Status: pushed off five-year CIP

El Dorado Trail

Connection: Missouri Flat Road at Walmart to Mother Lode Drive near “The Y”
Proposed: 3.5 miles of Class I bike route on former rail line
Status: unfunded


Mike Roberts

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