SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL TATUM MULTI-USE TRAIL PROJECT RIBBON CUTTING
When: Monday, August 18, 2014 at 1:30 p.m
Where: corner of San Simeon Drive and San Marcos Road [adjacent to El Camino School]
The County of Santa Barbara, in partnership with the Santa Barbara Unified School District and the SantaBarbara County Association of Governments, recently completed the construction of the Safe Routes to School Tatum Multi-Use Trail Project. This project replaced an existing narrow, wooded, uneven dirt pathway that was often flooded and impassable during rainfall events with approximately 1300 linear feet of all-weather material trail designed to accommodate pedestrian and bicyclist traffic through an unimproved lot in the Eastern Goleta Valley. When the existing trail was flooded, the alternative route involved a detour of approximately two-thirds of a mile. The project also included drainage improvements to mitigate against future flooding, and quickly return the trail to usability following heavy rainfall events. The existing dirt trail was an unofficial, unimproved school access route serving the students of El Camino Elementary School to the west and San Marcos High School to the east of the project. The majority of the project was constructed on property owned by the Santa Barbara Unified School District, who entered into a cooperative agreement with the County Public Works Department to develop this project.
The construction contract was awarded to Rockwood General Contractors, Inc., of Arroyo Grande, CA. Total construction contract costs were approximately $170,000.00. Construction was completed during school summer recess to minimize impacts on school accessibility. Second District Supervisor Janet Wolf said, “I am so pleased to see the completion of this collaborative project, and am thrilled that it has opened in time for the new school year. I know this path will provide a much safer route to school for students and community members.” Santa Barbara Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Dave Cash added, “This new bicycle and pedestrian pathway is an asset to the community. It will provide a safe surface for El Camino and San Marcos students to reach their school sites and for neighborhood families to easily access the shopping center. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
On Monday, August 18, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. Supervisor Wolf will join County Public Works staff, School District representatives and other key stakeholders and community members at the western entrance to the Tatum Multi-use Trail (corner of San Simeon Dr. and San Marcos Rd.) for a ceremonial ribbon cutting and refreshments.
Before: View of dirt trail through Tatum Property, looking east from western access point (San Marcos Road). Trail was often flooded, even during summer months, due to poor drainage and outwash from an existing well facility adjacent to the property.
After: View of hot mix asphalt all-weather multi-use trail through Tatum Property, looking east from western access point (San Marcos Road). Drainage ditch on the right side of the photo carries storm water and outwash from an existing well facility adjacent to the property away from the trail and to an existing drainage channel.