Crystal Springs to Get Half-Million-Dollar New Trail

Congresswoman Jackie Speier announced a federal grant to add nearly one mile of new trail to the popular local spot.


Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) has announced that the Public Lands Highway Discretionary Program (PLHD) has awarded San Mateo County $550,000 for the Crystal Springs Regional Trail South of Highway 92 Project.

The project will construct a new 0.9-mile segment of the 17.5-mile Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. The federal grant will cover almost half of the estimated $1.2 million cost of the trail, which is currently a service road adjacent to the Crystal Springs reservoir.

In a statement announcing the grant, Speier said, “This will be a cherished part of our regional network of trails. It will provide a safe place for people to get exercise and enjoy the beautiful scenery.”

She added, “This is a highly efficient use of federal funding. The road already exists and connects to an existing bike bridge over a major freeway.  I believe the proposed path will be instantly popular with the tens of thousands of people who already use the trail north of this point.”

Speier explained, the multiple-use trail will give pedestrians, bicyclists and equestrians a safe alternative to using a rural road east of the trail which is frequently used by fast moving vehicles.

PLHD awarded a total of almost $87 million to 75 projects out of 285 applicants. Groundbreaking for the Crystal Springs Regional Trail is expected in the late summer of 2013.


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Rex September 03, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Half a million for less than a mile of trail? My friend is a volunteer trail builder in San Carlos.
commuter September 03, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Is a map of this trail available? Is this the trail that will connect the Sawyer Camp Trail to Canada Road? Currently, people must trudge along the narrow Hwy 35 to get to the Sawyer Camp Trail, so a new trail along this route will be well worth $1 million, especially if it is paved so family bicyclists can use it.
Rick Eymer September 03, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Rex's friend, who does not like nor seek the limelight, developed the trails and build the bridges in Eaton Park. It is an accomplishment worthy of receiving acknowledgment from the city council, at the very least.
Tom Ricks September 04, 2012 at 09:47 PM
I am with Rex. The property is already owned. so maybe you pave a 6 ft. wide path...AT $252 A RUNNING FOOT!!!!!!! Gee can I have that contract?????? I am all for a trail, but come on.....when is the public going to wake up and tell these "leaders of our society" -we are not going to take it any more.....This is another waste of money.


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