FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sacramento, CA — The City of Sacramento will soon break ground on the Del Rio Trail, a multi-use path that will allow people to access William Land Park, the Sacramento Zoo, schools, stores, restaurants, retail centers, jobs and other community parks without using a car. The $23 million project includes $5 million in funding from Governor Gavin Newsom’s Clean California initiative, a sweeping, $1.2 billion, multiyear clean-up effort led by Caltrans to remove trash, create thousands of jobs and join with communities throughout the state to reclaim, transform and beautify public spaces.
The Del Rio Trail will serve as a recreational amenity in the City’s overall active transportation network. Planning and public outreach for the 4.8-mile trail began in 2017.
“This project has been led and driven by the community since its initiation,” said Adam Randolph, project manager and senior engineer with the City’s Department of Public Works. “Public Works is excited to reach this milestone and be one step closer to improving pedestrian and bicycle access to residents in south Sacramento.”
The Department of Public Works, in coordination with Caltrans, will hold a groundbreaking event Thursday, November 17 at 9:30 a.m. They will be joined by local elected officials, members of the community and City staff from multiple departments.
The construction contract was approved by City Council earlier this week and awarded to Mountain Methods, Inc. Construction is expected to officially begin in December and is anticipated to last 18 months.
In addition to the Clean California grant, funding for the project was secured through the federal Active Transportation Program, Sacramento Area Council of Governments, and matching local transportation funds.
“Through Clean California, the City of Sacramento and Caltrans are continuing to turn this abandoned rail line into an attractive and safe multi-use path that the entire community can enjoy,” said Caltrans District 3 Director Amarjeet S. Benipal. “This project is an excellent example of how Governor Newsom’s Clean California initiative is helping beautify our great state one street, one neighborhood and one community at a time.”
The initial construction phase will include tree removals. The City is partnering with the Sacramento Tree Foundation to replace two trees for every tree removed.
The Sacramento Tree Foundation will plant these trees after trail construction is complete and maintain the new trees for the next two years.
The City’s Office of Arts & Culture is currently accepting applications for two phases of public art projects along the trail. Phase one is open to all disciplines (e.g., music, poetry, dance, theater, visual arts, folk art, etc.) for artists who live in Sacramento County. Phase two is open to artists nationally to create permanent sculptures. The deadline to apply is Nov. 21.
- WHO – Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Councilmember Jay Schenirer, Councilmember Rick Jennings, Caltrans District 3 Deputy Director Greg Wong, California State Parks Capital District Superintendent John Fraser, Public Works Supervising Engineer Jesse Gothan.
- WHAT – Share latest updates on Del Rio Trail project and Caltrans Clean California grant ahead of construction start
- WHEN – 9:30 a.m. Thursday, November 17
- WHERE – Future trail site (Corner of 35th Avenue and Park Village Street)
About Clean California:
This project is among 105 Clean California projects statewide funded through nearly $300 million in Clean California local grants that Caltrans awarded in March to remove litter and transform public spaces in underserved communities. There are an additional 126 Clean California beautification projects worth $312 million designed to transform communities and create connectivity along the state highway system. Collectively, these projects are expected to generate 7,200 jobs. For more information, visit Clean CA website.