CHICO, Calif. – The areas are recognizable thanks to unique coloring and signage. And the area in question, is a lengthy bike path running through the City of Chico.
The light poles are purple and at entrance ways, you find markers etched with the design of a bicycle gear. That visual combination means you are near or on the State Route 99 Corridor Bikeway that snakes through the city.
Now, construction work is underway to add more mileage to the existing route.
Over the past several days, if you have driven north along highway 99 in Chico, you may have noticed quite a bit of construction taking place along one stretch of highway.
Action News Now Morning Anchor Julia reached out to the public works department with the City of Chico to learn more about the work currently taking place.
A visit to the site revealed dirt bulldozed to create a pathway; crews hard at work installing electrical components on light poles and teams of construction workers pouring and grading concrete. That work is to create the retaining walls which will be part of the next portion of the bikeway path.
The long term plan of the city is to eventually have one continuous route allowing bicyclists and pedestrians to navigate safely from one end of the city to the other and leave the cars at home.
Engineering Director Brendan Ottoboni says this next phase of the bike path will link the skyway area; Butte College and neighboring retail shops to the dining and retail areas to north, along East 20th Street.
“This project is all about safety and security,” says Ottoboni. “The city has had a long term vision for about 12 years now, to create a major bike corridor that will fully connect the bikeway all the way from Skyway to Eaton Road.
The latest stretch of the bike path extends just over a mile. Ottoboni says the price tag is roughly 1.3 million dollars with the work contract awarded to a local, Butte County contractor.
Ottoboni says bicyclist and pedestrians can anticipate using the new pathway by the end of this summer, with an estimated completion date slated for as early as August, 2020.