The Broadway-Brommer Bike Road Alternatives

The Broadway-Brommer Bicycle Path project presents 3 options. Here's how they compare. All data is from the Draft EIR dated November 1999.

 

A1 Alignment

D2 Alignment

NO BUILD

Road through Arana Gulch Open Space

Width of road

12 feet*

0

Material of road

Asphalt

None.

Asphalt in Arana Gulch

22,200 square feet

(1/2 acre)

21,420 square fee

(1/2 acre)

0

Bridge across Hagemann Gulch

Length

450 feet

0

Height

~45 feet

0

Material

3 span prefabricated steel truss bridge. Would require painting to protect from corrosive ocean environment.

None.

Deck

Concrete (Timber deck was considered but eliminated due to increased maintenance and a rougher ride for bicyclists)

None.

Bridge Across Arana Creek

Length

740 feet long

(over 1/10 a mile)

130 feet long and violates the riparian corridor setback

0

Height

52 feet

28 feet

0

Material

Four-span cast-in-place prestressed concrete box girder bridge.

None.

Requires exception for disturbance of riparian habitat?

No

Yes. Would pass over tidal/wetland channel . Can cause biological impact to sensitive lagoon and wetlands habitat.

No.

Trees removed

 

Heritage Trees removed

7

6

0

Total trees removed

20

21

0

Accommodate Emergency Vehicles?

 

YES

 

YES

 

NO

Estimated Cost

$2,675,000

$1,802,500

$0

Opinions on this project

CA Coastal Commission

OPPOSE

OPPOSE

APPROVE

Residents of Santa Cruz

(based on those that spoke at the 12/9/99 Public Hearing or sent written responses to the draft EIR)

Less than 20% approve of either option, and many who "approve" do so with the assumption that the plan will be scaled back. For example, crushed rock instead of asphalt, paths that are narrower, reduced lighting; locking the path at night, etc.

Over 80% Approve.

Most people oppose any development within Arana Gulch.

Santa Cruz City Council

???? To be decided at a City Council Meeting soon.

* The Caltrans Chapter 1000 bikeway standard requires a minimum 2' graded margin on both sides of a bike path. Thus the disturbed width would be at least 16'. The graded margin is required to be free of vertical obstructions, so if fencing is required (as a mitigation) it would have to be outside the graded margin, thus adding to the disturbed width.

Data compiled by The Friends of Arana Gulch, March 27, 2000

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