The city of San Jose, California has one of the largest urban trail networks in the nation, with over 50 miles of trails open to the public. Several “core” trails — Guadalupe River, Coyote Creek and Highway 87 Bikeway — extend for several miles and are suitable for commuters as well as recreational use.
A number of trail improvement projects are funded. Here’s what to look for over the next year or two.
- Guadalupe Trail at Tasman Drive. The Guadalupe River Trail (GRT) is perpetually damp where it crosses underneath Tasman Drive. Even very minor rainfall results in flooding at this location The city will replace the ramps leading to this undercrossing and elevate the undercrossing itself so it’s less likely to flood. This project should go out to bid this month. Construction scheduled to begin June 2014 with completion by September 2014.
- Guadalupe River Trail @ Chynoweth Avenue. Minor fence and signage work at Chynoweth Avenue to guide trail users to the on-street bikeway & not across sidewalk.
- Highway 87 bikeway. New mileage markers and signage installed recently. Fence repairs and other “housekeeping” accomplished.
- Lower Silver Creek Trail. Construction underway to complete trail through Capitol Park, linking Dobern Avenue with Story Road.
- Penitencia Creek Trail – Nobel to Dorel. Seeking permits to build the trail, with unique boardwalk segments, from Noble Ave to Dorel Drive.
- Mammoth Art. The “Mammoth” public art piece is under construction and will be installed near Trimble Road (I presume along the Guadalupe River Trail where Lupe the Mammoth was discovered?)
- Milemarkers on several San Jose trails. Installation underway for milestone markers and remove existing call boxes along several city trails such as Penitencia Creek trail, Coyote Creek trail, Guadalupe Creek trail, Saratoga Creek trail, Hwy 237 bikeway trail and Silver Creek trails. The quarter-mile markers are for use by people calling in to 911.
- Coyote Creek Trail between Tasman and Montague. The city plans to pave this portion of the Coyote Creek Trail and is currently seeking grant funding for this project.
- Guadalupe River Trail connections south of Downtown. These connections to connect the GRT from downtown south to Blossom Hill are planned and partially funded, but must await flood control work by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Santa Clara Valley Water District.
- Coyote Creek Singleton Road crossing. The city plans to replace the existing in-channel crossing with a pedestrian bridge.
- Chynoweth Avenue Pedestrian Bridge. Awaiting a developer contribution to support Feasibility Study for new ped bridge to align with Chynoweth Ave.
- Coyote Creek Trail: Story Road to Selma Olinder Park. 95% plans expected by March for Story to Selma Olinder Park, funds in place for future construction.
- Coyote Creek Trail: Story Road to Phelan Avenue. Design work just getting underway for future trail from Story Rd to Phelan Ave, linking to Happy Hollow Park via bridge.
- Bay Trail. The San Francisco Bay Trail is undeveloped in San Jose. Plans and environmental review for the 1.1 mile “Reach 9” of the Bay Trail through Alviso are complete. This includes a 540 foot bridge across Alviso Slough. San Jose Parks currently seeking funding for this project. This reach will connect the Guadalupe River Trail, the Highway 237 bike path and the Sunnyvale portion of the Bay Trail together.
- Guadalupe River Trail at Coleman Road. This is Coleman Road in South San Jose, not Coleman Avenue near the airport. Design work underway for second undercrossing in south San Jose at Coleman Rd, supporting walking route at Lake Almaden. Construction anticipated to begin summer 2015.
- Los Alamitos Creek Trail @ Harry Road. Design work nearly complete to extend the trail 200 feet so it reaches Harry Road / McKean Road.
- Lower Silver Creek Trail. Design work just getting started for paved trail from Alum Rock Avenue to Dobern Avenue (near Highway 680).
- Penitencia Creek Trail. Kicking off design work with VTA next week to extend trail from King Road to BART. Proposed trail will cross King Road, connect to BART station and a future “Flea Market Trail.”
- Three Creeks Trail. Producing Master Plan for Parks & Rec Commission review in March and Council review in April.