Project to light up Richmond Greenway set for council approval


A project to rehabilitate the lighting system along the Richmond Greenway between San Pablo Avenue and 2nd Street is set to move forward.

On Tuesday, Richmond City Council is scheduled to vote on whether to approve a contract with NEMA Construction to install 110 new traffic-related electrical boxes and to completely rewire the lighting system along the ever-improving pedestrian and bicycle pathway.

The work is expected to cost about $240,000, funds that have already been set aside for this fiscal year from the Public Works budget.

The effort is the latest of many to make the Richmond Greenway a safe route for walkers and cyclists. It stems from the formation of the Friends of the Richmond Greenway (FORG) in 2006, a collaboration between 17 nonprofits and community groups to ensure the pathway is attractive, well-maintained and safe.  In 2011, the city officially adopted the Greenway as a public park, and since then parks have been built along the corridor and more are underway.

In March 2012, FORG  helped the city win a $5 million grant to build the Unity Park along sections of the Greenway between 4th and 8th streets and Marina Way to 20th. That park project is ongoing.