(Holtville, CA) The City of Holtville will conduct a ground breaking ceremony at 7:30 am on Thursday, November 14, 2013 for the Alamo River Recreation Trail project. The ceremony will be held at Earl Walker Park, which is located on Evan Hewes Highway (SR 115), in Holtville, California 92250.
The Ground Breaking Ceremony will celebrate two simultaneous construction projects along the Alamo River. Development along the Alamo River was included in the 1970 era Holtville General Plan and multiple projects have been listed on the City’s Capital Improvement Program for several years.
The objective of these projects are to beautify Holtville’s (SR115) entry corridor, conserve environmental resources and wildlife habitat along the Alamo River and support a range of recreational opportunities available to Holtville residents and the region as a whole. These projects will complement the ultimate goal of creating a recreational link between Earl Walker Park and the Holtville Wetlands. Ultimately, an Alamo River Recreation Trail project will accommodate walkers, hikers, runners, cyclists and equestrians from both the Imperial and Mexicali Valleys. The master plan is to provide a unique outdoor experience for residents and visitors alike.
The City has previously completed a portion of the Alamo River Recreation Trail which links the urban environment from Olive Avenue to the Alamo River Bank area at Earl Walker Park, along SR115 west of Town and crossing under the Trestle Bridge and Highway before terminating at Earl Walker Park.Â Holtville High School’s Cross Country Team presently trains in the area and has used the informal trail to host cross country meets.
The Alamo River SAFETEA LU Project will improve the bridge area with rock mulch and a rock blanket to prevent soil erosion and preserve the trail pathway at that location.Â The Federal grant funds in the amount of $800,000 were restricted for bridge improvements and required a 20% local match which was budgeted for under the Local Transportation Account which restricts use of funds for transportation improvements.
The Alamo River Habitat Conservation Project received an additional $193,700 in grant funds and required no local match other than development of the complimenting SAFETEA LU Project.Â The Habitat Conservation project continues the erosion control features to the Trestle Bridge area and further incorporates shade trees along SR 115 and at Earl Walker Park with additional picnic tables and recreation facilities at the Park.
Construction is anticipated to continue through January 2014 with collaborative efforts from a number of different companies.Â Hazard Construction is the contractor for the SAFETEA LU Project and Dynamic Engineering will serve as the Construction Management Firm. Pyramid Construction is the contractor for the Habitat Conservation Project and The Holt Group will serve as the Construction Management firm for that project.
The City is grateful for the participation of the various agencies including the Federal Highway Administration and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) as the administering agency for the grant funds.Â The California Department of Parks and Recreation has also been instrumental in this project and others associated with the Alamo River Trail. The Holt Group also provided planning, design engineering and grant writing services for both projects. A special thanks goes out to prior City Leadership who without their foresight, these projects may have never become a reality.
Event:Â Alamo River Trail Ground Breaking Ceremony
Time and Date:Â 7:30am Thursday, November 14, 2013
Location:Â Earl Walker Park
Directions:Â From Highway 111, turn east on Evan Hewes Parkway. Continue for several miles. Evan Hewes becomes SR 115. Earl Walker Park is on the south side of SR 115 just inside the Holtville city limits. Parking will be available in Earl Walker Park.