October 2, 2010 · 9:00 AM
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The dedication of the new bridge path on Rose Drive crossing Highway I-780 at the Columbus Parkway Interchange will will add to the existing 29.5 miles of Ridge Trail in Solano County, creating a total of nearly 30 miles of completed Ridge Trail miles.
The bridge path ties together 15 Ridge Trail miles, linking Benicia State Recreation Area (BSRA) to the Vallejo-Benicia Buffer. Also, it is just a two-mile stroll or easy bike ride from downtown Benicia to the new path. With the bridge path in place, there are now several options for longer hikes and rides including:
• 8.3 miles: Downtown Benicia at East Fifth and East H Streets to Carquinez Bluff (BSRA)
• 9 miles: Downtown Benicia at East Fifth and East H Streets to Blue Rock Springs Park (through the Vallejo-Benicia Buffer)
• 11 miles: Carquinez Bluff to Blue Rock Springs Park
Festivities begin at 9 AM.
Ribbon-cutting will occur on Rose Drive near the intersection of Columbus Parkway, adjacent to CVS.
You are encouraged to walk or bicycle to the event. Free parking is available at Kindercare (1101 Rose Drive).
Hikes and bike rides will take place after the ceremony.
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Immediately following the ceremony, the Ridge Trail Council (the nonprofit working to complete the Ridge Trail) will provide hike and cyclist outings.
The Class I bridge path, separated from traffic by a fence, replaces a hazardous road crossing. The $3.9 million construction project was coordinated by the City of Benicia in partnership with CalTrans and California State Parks. The Ridge Trail Council contributed $241,500 to the project from its Coastal Conservancy funds.
A short section on Rose Drive was not dedicated because the road is too narrow for a Class II bike path. It is currently designated as a Class III bike path, and pedestrians can still use the sidewalks.