Construction of the Ash Street Undercrossing along the Escondido Creek bicycle and pedestrian pathway is complete and a grand opening is tentatively planned for May 19. The entire 7.5-mile bike path, which extends from Harmony Grove Road to Lake Wohlford Road, serves as the major east-west spine of the Escondido bikeway system and provides a regional link to the Escondido Downtown Core, the Escondido Transit Station and Sprinter Light-Rail System, and the Inland Rail-Trail bike path. The new undercrossing will allow bicyclists and pedestrians to maintain continuous and safe travel along the pathway without having to cross the busy surface street mid-block or leave the pathway to cross Ash Street a block away at either Valley Parkway or Washington Avenue. A public art feature consisting of a bicycle mural etched into the new concrete channel retaining walls also is planned.
Construction of the $2,042,983 project began in late August, 2011. The majority of the funding was made possible by a number of competitive Transportation Development Act (TDA) and Transnet grant funds the City received from SANDAG specifically to be used for bicycle and pedestrian related projects. The underpass is one of several on-going projects designed to upgrade the channel, pathway and areas along the creek.
Watch for more details about the grand opening coming soon!
Originally Posted April 26, 2012