Planned trail in Paso Robles is a step closer to reality

A trail to connect bicyclists and pedestrians from South River and Charolais roads in Paso Robles to the existing river trail at Larry Moore Park is now entering the design phase.

Earlier this month, the Paso Robles City Council awarded Rick Engineering in San Luis Obispo the approximately $88,000 contract to design the off-street bike path on the city’s southeast side.

Part of the project is to restore a drainage channel near the Salinas River, known as the Charolais Road corridor.

The west end of the roughly 2,200-foot-long channel is eroding, causing large amounts of sediment to flow into the river when it rains, according to the city.

The pathway and environmental fixes are rolled into one $500,000 project, with $350,000 coming from grant money and the remainder coming from city park development funds.

The trail will eventually link to another path already designed and funded that starts at the 13th Street Bridge to the north and ends at Charolais Road to the south.

Both paths are slated to be built and usable in 2012, city officials said.