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Palm Trees Removed to Make Way for Encinitas Coastal Rail Trail Improvements

June 5, 2018-- Construction crews today removed the trunks and tops of 12 palm trees located within the Coastal Rail Trail project area in the community of Cardiff-by-the-Sea in the City of Encinitas.

The palm trees were removed in order to build a new 1.3-mile segment of 10-foot-wide bike and pedestrian path, which will be part of the Coastal Rail Trail. Once complete, this segment of the Coastal Rail Trail bikeway will link the community of Cardiff-by-the-Sea with downtown Encinitas.

The trees were located along San Elijo Avenue just north of Verdi Avenue.  Crews expect to remove the bases and roots within the next two weeks.
As part of the project, trees and other landscaping will be planted along San Elijo Avenue near the southern end of the project area at Harbaugh Seaside Parkway, adjacent to Chesterfield Drive, and at select locations.

Construction is expected to be complete in early 2019.

About the Project
The Encinitas segment of the Coastal Rail Trail will provide 1.3 miles of a shared-use, separated path for walking and biking, and buffered bike lanes, along the west side of San Elijo Avenue from Chesterfield Drive to the Santa Fe Drive undercrossing. The proposed alignment on the east side of the rail corridor will enhance mobility for people walking and biking in Encinitas, improve coastal access, and maintain the surrounding environment and parking availability.

The Encinitas segment of the bikeway is a critical component of the 44-mile Coastal Rail Trail, a bike route that will run from the City of Oceanside to Downtown San Diego and will help fill the bike connectivity gaps in Encinitas. The $10 million bike project is part of Build NCC, a collaborative effort between the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and Caltrans District 11. It comprises three primary focus areas – the Interstate 5 (I-5) Express Lanes Project, coastal rail and transit enhancements, and environmental protection and coastal access improvements. Design, engineering, and construction of the Coastal Rail Trail segments are funded by federal, state, and local funds, including the regional TransNet half-cent sales tax for transportation administered by SANDAG.

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