Coastal Access

Potrero Canyon — Coastal Access (Lateral Trail & Bridge) Updates

CCC — California Coastal Commission
CDP — Coastal Development Permit
Caltrans — California Dept. of Transportation

5/28/23:  See PPCC Minutes re Bridge-Lateral Trail from May 2004-May 2023.

5/24/23:  CD 11 advises that it is pressing BOE to submit the feasibility study for the pedestrian bridge to the CCC, per Special Condition 28, which is a requirement specified in the CDP

We have been informed that the City is in the process of hiring a consulting firm to manage an estimated one-year project related to design and evaluation of the bridge project, as described in the Task Order Solicitation (TOS) and TOS Addendum #1.  This was explained to us at the last PPCC meeting (5/11/23) and reiterated again in documents found online by PCOC members. Jeff Khau, CD 11 Planning Director, assures us that CD 11 will implore the consultant, when chosen, to attend a PPCC board meeting to present their proposal as part of the required outreach component of the “Project Initiation Document” the consultant will be tasked with producing.

5/20/23:   See all Palisadian Post articles written about Potrero canyon coastal access and the bridge project, from 2004-2022 (courtesy of the Palisadian Post).  See also 1/19/23 article (re the lateral trail) and 5/25/23 article (re the bridge).

5/11/23:   See City and State Updates for further information about the status of the lateral trail and bridge over-crossing.

4/10/23:  Lateral trail status:  This trail (to run from the mouth of the canyon along PCH to the Temescal Canyon Rd. intersection) is required by the governing CDP issued by the CCC for the Park.  When completed, the trail will provide safe crossing at this intersection for coastal access to and from the Park.  Last year, $1.15 million in federal funding was secured for the lateral trail.  However, we are advised that more funds are now needed due to cost increases, and Caltrans’ cooperation must also be obtained before trail design and construction can begin.  See PPCC Funding Support Letter. The PCOC will continue to monitor.

4/10/23:  Bridge status:  Although two years ago, $11 million in state funding was secured to build a pedestrian bridge over PCH from the mouth of the canyon, the amount needed is expected to increase due to inflation (exact costs currently unknown).  Before a bridge can be built, the governing CDP for the Park first requires a feasibility study of alternatives and costs for direct pedestrian beach access across PCH to and from the Park.  BOE is working with Caltrans on the required study (to be submitted to the CCC when completed — date unknown).  After that, at some future point an application for a new CDP or CDP amendment for the bridge would have to be submitted and then approved by the CCC.  In the meantime, our City Councilwoman Traci Park and State Senator Ben Allen have advised that they will work with PPCC in the coming months to present the feasibility study (when completed) and to engage with the community about bridge plans.  The PCOC will continue to monitor.

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