Dear Santa Ana River Trail Users,
The OC Marathon is coming up on Sunday, May 3, 2015. Approximately 1.5 miles of the marathon route takes place on the Santa Ana River Trail, on the east side of the trail between Segerstrom and Gisler. Approximately 2,200 runners will be using the trail and we expect congestion and delays.
We have suggested detours listed below as well as a map showing the affected areas. Affected times is approximately 5:30 am – 12:00 noon.
Santa Ana River Trail Suggested Detour
Sunday, May 3, 2015 5:30 am – 12:00 pmApproximately 1.5 miles of The OC Marathon full marathon course takes place on the east side of the Santa Ana River Trail, from Segerstrom to Gisler.Area to Avoid:
– We suggest avoiding the bikeway on the East side of the Santa Ana River Trail, between Segerstrom and Gisler, as the route will be very crowded.Suggested Routes:
We suggest all cyclists, buggies, pedestrians, etc to use the west side of the trail, which is a compacted dirt surface.
– Southbound – you can transfer to the west side of the trail at Segerstrom, and then transfer back to the east side at the footbride at Fairview Park.
– Northbound – head north on the east side until Victoria OR until the footbridge at Fairview Park (just south of Adams), where you can easily transfer to the west side. Then continue on the west side of the trail until you reach Segerstrom, and you can transfer back over to the east side.
Please feel free to pass this along to other users you may know might need this information.
Thank you for your support!
The final roadway markings are being applied today and the roadway will be open for all users this weekend.
Installation of new signs and markers will begin Monday and is planned to be complete by Thursday. During this task, the vehicle gates will again be closed to prohibit vehicles, but cyclists and pedestrians will be allowed on the roadway. Upon completion of this task, the roadway will again be opened to all users.
NOTE: During this project, construction workers and equipment may be on the roadway. Users should use caution when entering into and traveling along Back Bay.
Please pass this information on to others that may be interested. If you desire more information, I can be reached at the email address or number below.
Have a great day!
Brad Sommers, PE
Senior Civil Engineer
Public Works Department
City of Newport Beach
The scenic portion of Back Bay Drive, from Shellmaker Road to Eastbluff Drive will be closed to all users (pedestrians, cyclists, motorists) weekdays beginning Tuesday, February 17 until Friday, February 27 while the road is resurfaced, striped and new signage is installed. The roadway will reopen for the weekend.
CalTrans reports the following construction impacts to cyclists this week:
The shoulders of I-5 are open to cyclists between Las Pulgas Rd. and Basilone Rd. Cyclists must exit at all off-ramps ( inspection station/view point) and then may re-enter the freeway shoulders on the on-ramps. The closure of the bike path is scheduled for Monday Feb. 9 through Friday Feb. 13. When the bike path is re-opened the freeway shoulders will be closed to cyclists once again.
This time around there are some challenges that we haven’t encountered before. There are currently (and I’m trying to have this remedied) some signs that are for the major pavement rehabilitation project which are confusing. They are orange prohibition signs (prohibiting cyclists from using the freeway) on the southbound on-ramps at Basilone Rd. and Las Pulgas Rd. and the northbound on-ramp at Oceanside Harbor Dr. Those signs are currently incorrect and they should be covered up until the work necessitates the signs to be relevant. The only time/place where they are relevant is the SB on-ramp at Basilone Rd. and only at night, between 9PM and 5AM. During those hours, the segment from Basilone to Las Pulgas is closed to bicyclists, but there is an on-call shuttle at the bike path entrance near Trestles. Cyclists are to call the shuttle service for pick-up. The shuttle will transport cyclists through the closed segments. When construction causes the other segments to be closed, there will be shuttles available as well.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator
Associate Transportation Planner
Multimodal Programs Branch
Caltrans District 11 Planning Division