Council approves trail crossing bids
La Cañada Flintridge City Council members on Monday approved a contractor's bid to install two street crossings needed for completion of the city's loop-trail system.
The crossings at Verdugo Boulevard and Descanso Drive, both near Descanso Gardens, will connect a short segment of trail currently under construction on Southern California Edison property to trailheads leading into Cherry Canyon and up toward the Angeles National Forest.
The crossings are designed to make hikers, bicyclists and equestrian users more visible to traffic and will include crossing signs, flashing beacons, in-pavement lighting and special striping.
Altadena-based Mallcraft will begin the job in January for a fee of $137,575, with $32,425 allotted for contingencies.
The city's share of that cost will be no more than $40,500. The rest is funded by a grant through the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority.
City officials are also pursuing reimbursements from Caltrans for some or all of the project's cost.
The roughly 800-foot section of trail under construction between Verdugo and Descanso will include a foot bridge that spans a wide, rocky gully.
Work on the bridge and pathway started in October and is due for completion on Jan. 11, said City Engineer Ying Kwan. The cost of that city-funded project, mostly tied to bridge construction, is $154,450.
No date has been set for completion of the crossings.
The projects will close the circle of a loop-trail system that extends for more than 12 miles around Descanso Gardens, through Cherry Canyon, along Oak Grove Park, up toward the Angeles National Forest —where it connects to offshoots of the Pacific Crest Trail network, which extends all the way to Canada — and back through town.
Closure of the loop means all city trails will be accessible through any trail entrance and that users will not be forced to double back to return to their starting point.
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