Ribbon-cutting set for project connecting local greenways

Ribbon-cutting set for project connecting local greenways
All photos courtesy of Mike Kinney and were taken April 17, 2018.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for April 27 to celebrate the completion of a long awaited trails project that finally connects the Richmond Greenway (2.5 miles) with the Ohlone Greenway (4.5 miles), making the stretch one of the Bay Area’s longest urban greenways.

The ceremony is set for 11 a.m. on Friday, April 27 at the site located in the area of San Pablo Avenue near Macdonald Avenue. The event will include an inaugural crossing of San Pablo Avenue with new signals for pedestrian safety, along with speakers by the bridge near Angelo’s Deli.

“For years, the Richmond Greenway and Ohlone Greenway ended within a block of each other with no easy way to get across busy San Pablo Avenue,” according to a report on Bike East Bay’s website.  “With two well-used paths connected, you’ll now be able to ride to and from Richmond and El Cerrito, as far south as North Berkeley BART and as far west as Unity Park.”

The project has included construction of a paved multi-use trail connecting both greenways, a new signalized, pedestrian-actuated crossing on San Pablo Avenue, and a new steel truss bridge over Baxter Creek, according to the city’s project website. The creek also received love and attention with native plantings and other improvements.

According to Bike East Bay, the project was funded in part by the Safe Routes to Transit program, which is coordinated by Bike East Bay and Transform, and via through bridge tolls approved in 2004.