Trail to link Avila, Port San Luis

The county Board of Supervisors is expected to authorize plans for a new recreation trail in Avila Beach today.

The trail would provide a hiking and biking path between Avila Beach Park and Harford Pier in Port San Luis. Currently, Avila Beach Drive is the only connection between the two points.

The plan, a consent agenda item at the supervisors’ weekly meeting, will allocate $168,939 to hire RRM Design Group of San Luis Obispo to design the connector trail. The consent agenda is used to approve noncontroversial items with a single vote.

The project, called the Avila Beach to Harford Pier trail connector, would provide an oceanfront corridor separate from the road for hikers, bikers and those with disabilities. It would also facilitate beach access at various points along the trail.

The money comes from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. as part of a settlement with the Coastal Commission for approval of Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant’s recently completed steam generator replacement project.

The money does not cover the cost of building the trail. County parks officials plan to apply for grants to cover that cost. The cost and a timeline for completing the project are not yet available.