Project Description

The City of Pico Rivera proposes to conduct a feasibility study, alternatives analysis, and develop conceptual designs for a new and iconic Class-I bicycle and pedestrian bridge adjacent to the Historic Camino Real (State Route 72 – Whittier Boulevard). The project will span the San Gabriel River thereby connecting the Paseo del Rio trail network and the San Gabriel River Class-I regional bike path. The project will also connect the Pio Pico State Historic Park via the Pio Pico Bikeway Extension Project (separate proposal to RMC) and the Rio Hondo Class-I Bike Path via the Mines Ave. Regional Bikeway Project. The proposed bridge crossing is an alternative to the Regional Bikeway Project bridge crossing due to utility stakeholder denial of land use, citing non-conformity with the Constraints and Guidelines applicable to the utility owner’s Right of Way. The City will also undertake a deep community engagement process utilizing the framework for collaborative governance and collective impact to ensure community-oriented decision making throughout the life of this project

Project goals are the following:

· Equitably engage the public, especially disenfranchised communities, while building capacity, trust, and confidence to actively participate in civic decision-making processes.

· Increase access to cultural centers, historic landmarks, parks, open, and recreation spaces with an emphasis on Disadvantaged Communities;

· Extend the Class-I regional bikeway network and promote safe, active modes of transportation as a meaningful way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve public health outcomes;

· Transition Historic Whittier Boulevard from a car-oriented corridor to a multi-modal Complete Street that prioritizes safety for vulnerable road users;

· Boost climate resilience by educating the public, restoring natural habitats, improving water quality, reducing GHG, and utilizing renewable energy and/or reusable materials.

Project Schedule

April 2022 – April 2023

Project Funding

Rivers and Mountains Conservancy – $244,100

City Local Return – $12,000


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