Morro Bay to open new $1.8 million Harborwalk pathway and bridge

As part of its Fourth of July festivities, the city of Morro Bay will celebrate the opening of its new bridge and pathway that connects North Morro Bay to the downtown Embarcadero.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for noon Saturday at the north side of the newly completed bridge, followed by a holiday Bike Parade from the new bridge south along the Embarcadero to Tidelands Park. A Fourth of July celebration will continue at the park until 5 p.m.

The new Harborwalk extension will allow pedestrians and cyclists a link to Morro Rock from the waterfront commercial district.

The $1.8 million project includes the pre-fabricated steel bridge, a pedestrian boardwalk and bike path, scenic viewing areas, stone walls and bicycle parking on the south side of the creek that the bridge spans.

The project was designed by RRM Design. Funding came from the city, as well as grants from the National Scenic Byways Program, Federal Highway Transportation Enhancement Funds, and the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments Regional Transportation Improvement Program.