State awards $45,000 for new Arnold bike path

Union Democrat staff /

A $45,000 grant to the Arnold Rim Trail Cedar Center Bikeway project is among the 44 projects awarded a total of $306 million in grants last week from the California Transportation Commission.

The funding will cover the design phase of the planned bike trail between Oak Circle and Pine Drive, said Calaveras County Public Works analyst Deborah Mullen.

The bikeway will connect to the existing 16-mile Arnold Rim Trail and improve non-motorized transportation in Arnold.

The environmental review document on the project gained unanimous approval in August from the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors, despite some objections from nearby homeowners.

The Meadowmont Property Owners Association opposed the new section of trail, which will consist of a 6-foot-wide path with switchbacks for about 150 feet from Pine Drive, heading in a northeast direction until it enters U.S. Forest Service land from county property. It will then widen to 8 feet for about 500 feet in length until reaching Oak Circle. The trail would become a dirt path about 240 feet from Oak Circle and continue northwest toward the existing Arnold Rim Trail.

Some of the concerns by the proposed trail segment's neighbors include on-street parking by trail users and the proximity of switchbacks to homes.

Trail supporters say most of those issues will be resolved in the final design process, including pavement coloration designed to match the hues of the surrounding woods to ease any aesthetic concerns.

Mullen said the project is expected to enter the construction phase next summer.

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