Encinitas Rail Trail

Loren Sanders
Loren Sanders
Published on June 6, 2018
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Encinitas residents might like to know that plans are underway to construct a method for cyclists and pedestrians to cross the railroad tracks to access South Coast Highway 101 and the beach. The Coast News Group reported that the route which will be known as the “Verdi Pedestrian Rail Undercrossing Project” would direct travelers on foot and bike to paths under a bridge being built west of San Elijo Avenue near Verdi and Liszt avenues for a safe and incognito trail to the waterfront. Landscape architect, Mike Peltz, plans on using the inspiration provided by the Cardiff Bluffs and other sand and earth elements to design the feature. The city has enlisted HDR Engineering, Inc. to construct and technically supervise the construction of the crossing to the tune of $1,784,019 million. The city held a meeting on May 21st and presented the project’s main design concepts to the public with about 50 people in attendance. Other aesthetic details of the crossing include walls surrounding the paths that are rough-hewn in nature and contain embedded decorative metal elements, wet cement “swirled” before drying to imitate the sea, and plantings along the path that are indigenous to California, including poppies. Benches would also be situated along the route to facilitate a relaxing view of the ocean. City consultant Christy Villa assured residents that their suggestions would be incorporated in the design plans and that they would strive to solve concerns that residents may have about the project.

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