Bob Jones Trail to be extended

The Bob Jones bike trail will grow longer as a result of a $600,000 grant from the state.

The money will be used to extend the trail from its current end point at the water treatment plant through to Los Osos Valley Road.

The extension will make the path a complete connector route by creating a bridge and path from the water treatment plant to the traffic light at Los Osos Valley Road and Highway 101.

Trail users currently are forced to stop at the treatment plant, and have no connection to Los Osos Valley Road.

“This is one segment of a much bigger and regionally significant project,” said Ron De Carli, executive director of the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments.

“The beauty of this particular piece of the trail is that it creates a safe connection for bicyclists and walkers along an otherwise busy portion of roadway and freeway,” he said.

The California Transportation Commission awarded the money to the City of San Luis Obispo, which had applied for it in 2011.  It is funneled through SLOCOG, a regional transportation agency.

The City of San Luis Obispo will add $350,000 to the $600,000.

SLOCOG, the county, and the city are working together to complete additional connections to the Bob Jones Bike Trail. SLOCOG has committed an additional $800,000 to a San Luis Obispo County segment of the project, and expects to begin it next year.

In addition to the bike trail funds, the county received $375,000 in state and local partnership planning funds to establish a 23-acre oak woodlands habitat adjacent to the Dana Adobe. That project will include 4000 acorn plantings, an irrigation system and a 7-year plant establishment period.