2013-12-27 / Community

Final phase of bike trail to begin

Once complete, path will extend 4 miles
By Stephanie Guzman

Runners and cyclists are gearing up for the completion of one of Camarillo’s largest sports trails, which will follow the Calleguas Creek for four miles.

The Calleguas Creek bike trail starts near Upland and Flynn roads and travels alongside the creek south toward the 101 Freeway. The trail ends at Village at the Park Drive.

The city completed the path’s first two phases in July when it installed safety measures along the trail. It will begin to construct the last two phases soon.

The trail is part of a larger effort from the city to become more bike friendly. Camarillo already has 50 miles of designated bike lanes and trails inside its borders.

“We have a master plan to try and create more bike routes throughout town, but this trail is one of the biggest projects we have on the books,” said Rick Nack, a senior civil engineer with the city.

Camarillo’s public works department met with the Ventura County Watershed Protection District last week to get the OK on designs for the third phase of the project, which will extend the path from the 101 Freeway to Pleasant Valley Road.

Nack said the watershed protection district will finish widening the creek by the end of the year, and the city will follow with construction of the bike trail.

“The trail is going to extend about 4,000 feet and will include a bike path and separate jogging trail,” Nack said.

He said the bike path will be made of asphalt and the jogging trail of decomposed granite, a fine material that is easier on runners’ joints than concrete and asphalt.

The fourth phase includes a little more than a half-mile jogging trail along the north side of Pleasant Valley Fields parallel to the 101 Freeway.

“We had some conversations with the general manager of the (Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District) and came up with the idea of a separate jogging trail because there’s a lot of joggers at the Pleasant Valley sports park,” Nack said.

Completing the last two phases of the bike trail will cost $750,000. The city will pay $90,000 out of pocket, and federal grants will cover the remainder.

The Calleguas Creek bike trail will be completed by spring 2015.

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