Popular Point Richmond strip set for major bike and pedestrian improvements

Popular Point Richmond strip set for major bike and ped improvements
A new bike and ped path is planned along this street, which is a section of the Bay Trial

Update: The project is hoped to get started in about two months, with completion slated for early January, according to project manager Michael Williams.

A Point Richmond street is set to receive new bike lanes, wider sidewalks and landscaping, as it is a segment of the 500-mile San Francisco Bay Trail.

On Oct. 21, City Council awarded a $335,000 contract to Richmond-based W.R. Forde Associates to enhance bicycle and pedestrian access along Garrard Boulevard between Cutting Boulevard and the Ferry Point tunnel, a .16-mile gap in the Bay Trail.

The project will widen the sidewalk along the Richmond Plunge between E. Richmond Avenue and the Ferry Point tunnel to provide an off-road Class 1 trail for bicyclists and pedestrians. Also, 6-inch-wide bicycle lanes will be created between E. Richmond Avenue and Cutting Boulevard.

Curb extensions will be added at Garrard and E. Richmond Avenue in order to reduce the length of crosswalks and improve pedestrian safety. The project also includes the addition of new trees and other landscaping as well as way finding signs.

The improvements will be funded by a variety of sources including the Association of Bay Area Governments Bay Trail Project, Point Richmond Gateway Foundation and the Trails for Richmond Action Committee.

At last week’s meeting, council approved using $81,923 from funds left over from the Cosco Busan oil spill settlement to help pay for the project, as well as $40,0211 in California Coastal Conservancy grant funds.