RSA+ completed PG&E and Caltrans permitting for an ARRA-funded Class I Bike Trail that connected Yountville's California Drive to Madison Street and runs within the excess Caltrans right-of-way along the east side of Highway 29 and adjacent to an old rail line.
The project created a separated Class I Pedestrian and Bicycle trail that serves as an alternative to stop-controlled Washington Street. Several iterations were necessary to find the best alignment that would meet the Town’s needs and also meet Caltrans requirements in order to facilitate a speedy review and meet ARRA deadlines.
RSA+ was able to design and process plans, specifications, Caltrans funding and authorization forms & set the project to bid within 3.5 months to gain ARRA funding as well as Caltrans approvals. RSA+ assisted the Town through Construction assuring that the path was built according to the plans and specifications. The new pathway, known as the “Yountville Mile”, is the first branded section of the Vine Trail which will ultimately extend from Calistoga to American Canyon.
RSA+ worked in conjunction with the Town of Yountville, Caltrans and the Vine Trail Coalition to incorporate design features, signage and amenities to showcase the trail as a model for future Vine Trail sections. Several challenges were faced during the project design including proximity to highway, aesthetic elements, drainage concerns, oak trees, public input and stakeholder considerations.
The project was within the clear recovery zone of Highway 29 and therefore required a type 60 barrier for pedestrian safety. We were able to creatively integrate the barrier into the trail design by using a rock textured façade to create a more visually pleasing barrier as opposed to a plain concrete wall. The trail alignment was in a relatively flat area immediately adjacent to a creek. We worked with the Regional Water Quality Control Board to approve our drainage design and move the project forward. In conjunction with the drainage design we were tasked with preserving as many oak trees as possible within the project area. We worked with local arborist to strategically weave the trail to minimize impacts to the adjacent trees.
Finally, we were involved in the public input process of the project from inception to completion. Numerous stakeholder meetings were held and we presented the project alignment and amenities to various agencies and committees including the Vine Trail Coalition.