Trestle boards need repair, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Who does one contact to request a minor repair at the west end of the trestle foot bridge at the Boardwalk? There is an ever-widening gap between two of the boards. This gap is a hazard to cyclists. I  would gladly do the work, which would take a couple hours, but I would require permission, etc. Gregg Ferry, Santa Cruz A: While the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission owns  the railroad line including the San Lorenzo River railroad bridge and adjacent bicycle/pedestrian bridge, the city of Santa Cruz has the responsibility of maintaining the bike-pedestrian bridge, said Karena Pushnik, RTC spokesperson. The city will go out there, and "take a closer look into getting the boards closer," said Chris Schneiter, assistant director for public works. The rail line is part of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network. Plans call for a new pre-engineered, 300 foot bike/ped bridge to be place at that location, which is part of Segment 8, explained Pushnik. "Segments of the trail will be constructed as funding is available," she said. "The final Master Plan is due out in the next couple of months and the presentation of the plan to the RTC will likely take place at their November meeting." These proceedings are open to the public. To follow the scenic trail project, subscribe to the RTC's eNews by sending a request to or calling 460-3200. Update: Branciforte Drive storm repair near DeLaveaga The project to repair Branciforte Drive near DeLaveaga has been delayed. "Our goal was to have the project completed before the end of this year," said Steve Wiesner, assistant director of county public works. "However, due to unforeseen circumstances pertaining to the project design and right of way, it is now evident that construction of the project will not be possible until spring or summer 2014."
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