Public workshop to be held on Coastal Rail Trail

By Karen Billing

A workshop will be held to discuss the results of studies of proposed routes for the Coastal Rail Trail and gather community input on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 5:30 p.m. at the Nobel Recreation Center in UTC.

The Coastal Rail Trail (CRT) is a regional project that will establish a multi-use trail to connect the coastal cities of Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar and the San Diego communities of Carmel Valley and La Jolla. Each city entered a memorandum of understanding to plan, design and construct segments of the trail within their respective jurisdictions.

San Diego’s portion of the Coastal Rail Trail consists of 10 miles of multi-use trails from Carmel Valley on the north to Gilman Drive on the south. The segment aims to provide important links between employment centers in Sorrento Valley, UCSD and University City, as well as residential communities and Coaster stations, according to Abi Palasayed, a city engineer who updated the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board on the project at its Jan. 23 meeting.

The hope is for as much of the CRT route as possible to be a class 1 facility, which means a separated bike trail whether it’s set on its own path or separated from the road through barriers such as raised paths or landscaping.

“The goal is to increase ridership,” said Pete Ritchey, project manager at Naslund Engineering. “We want a nice facility.”

Over the past eight months, a working group has been meeting and studying different route alternatives, as many as 90 different road segments. They have whittled it down to three alignments. In the northerly section they include paths through Roselle Canyon, Rose Canyon to Sorrento Valley Road and terminating at the Carmel Valley park and ride under the I-5 freeway to connect with the north portion of the Coastal Rail Trail through Del Mar and Solana Beach.

Once all of the alternative alignments have been reviewed and analyzed, a preferred alignment will be picked to move through environmental review.

For more information on the project, visit Click on Project Information, then find the Coastal Rail Trail under the Featured Projects link.

The Nobel Recreation Center is located at 8810 Judicial Drive.