Why is a new bridge required in Sundance Natural Area?

The existing bridge within Sundance Natural Area was constructed in the late 90’s and as such does not meet current Americans with Disability Act (ADA) standards. Additionally, over the past decade FEMA floodway mapping and floodway design standards have been updated and the existing bridge no longer meets these requirements. We are also very cognizant of the environment and want to develop a design that meets ADA and Floodway parameters, while minimizing impacts to the natural environment. Each of these items is discussed in detail below.

  1. The existing bridge is not ADA accessible, with large gaps and uneven terrain in the decking surface, creating a barrier for the mobility impaired. Additionally, the current bridge does not provide fall protection (such as railing). The new bridge will mitigate these items and includes:
    • a smooth, stable, and reliable surface for people of all abilities to use/enjoy.
    • ADA approved landings, handrails, and other trip/fall protections as required by the ADA code.
  2. The existing bridge is located well below 100 year floodway elevations, meaning this structure is fully covered when a large storms pass through. This jeopardizes the structure’s integrity and creates a blockage in the flow of Arcade creek, impacting wildlife and vegetation.
    • The proposed bridge will be approximately 5 feet above the existing bridge location ensuring the bottom of the structure is above the 100-year flood elevation.
      • This will create clear passage of wildlife, natural debris (branches, etc. that naturally fall into the water), and other organisms within the normal channel.
      • This also reduces the risk that large storms will cause flooding in the area that could jeopardize private properties.
      • The new foundation has been designed to meet seismic (earthquake) and hydraulic analysis for stability while minimizing the depth and size of the hole necessary to construct the foundation.

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1. What is the Arcade-Cripple Creek Trail Project?
2. What is the history of the Arcade-Cripple Creek Trail Project and how did it come about?
3. How does the Arcade-Cripple Creek Trail fit into the regional trail system? Why is the trail ending at Wachtel Way?
4. How will the trail cross Fair Oaks Boulevard? Will a signal be installed?
5. How will use of the existing easement affect my property taxes and my property value?
6. What is an easement? How are you able to install the trail on private property?
7. Who will be responsible for trail maintenance? How will it be maintained? Is the property owner required to maintain the easement now?
8. How does the use of easement affect my ability to keep small farm animals on my property? What about other uses that have minimum lot size requirements?
9. Is the city going to move the fences to the location of the easement? If the trail is only 14' wide, will the city take the whole easement or just what is needed?
10. Who is liable if someone is hurt while using the trail within the easement through my property?
11. Will I have to change my insurance on my property to cover this new use?
12. Who will be responsible to repair fencing if it is vandalized or damaged between my property and the easement?
13. Will the grant pay for neighbor fencing and visual landscape barriers? What type/kind and how tall will it be? How will they be maintained? Will the project pay to replace existing fencing?
14. I currently have access to the rear of my property through the easement. Will this change? Will I be able to continue to use the trail as an exit for my RV, deliveries, etc.?
15. Why do you want to go on people's property when you can just use the street? Why can’t the bike path just go along existing streets and not impact properties?
16. This project will create an "alley" behind our house that is much longer than a City block. Is this legal? The length between access points creates a safety issue.
17. I heard there was a lawsuit from the 1980s related to easements that are included as part of this project. What was that about?
18. How does easement law pertain to our properties? What liability do property owners have through the easement?
19. How will the trail installation affect drainage on the adjacent properties?
20. Who is responsible to install and maintain fencing along the easement? What liability do property owners’ have regarding the fencing?
21. Where will people park to access trails at Wachtel and Villa Oak?
22. What will be the width of each of the facilities through the easement (equestrian, bicycle, pedestrian)? What material will be provided for equestrian use?
23. Where can we find a copy of the Creek Corridor Trail Feasibility Study document?
24. Who will be responsible for dog waste pickup?
25. What % of the overall funding is coming from the City's general fund?
26. How many trees are being removed along the trail route?
27. What security measures will be installed?
28. What about the oak trees? Are you protecting them or taking them out? What if there are some trees we would like to remove?
29. Why not use this money to fix city roads?
30. What is the project timeline and next steps?
31. Will the trail be able to handle emergency vehicles but be blocked by bollards to keep cars out?
32. Will this be patrolled by police?
33. Is this trail being installed no matter what?
34. Will lighting be installed along the trail? Will lighting within the parks be improved? Will it turn off at a certain time? Will trail lighting spill into my backyard and house?
35. It seems like this trail will encourage homeless to use the trail. How will the city address this issue?
36. Why is a new bridge required in Sundance Natural Area?
37. Is rock slope protection needed in Arcade Creek at Sundance Natural Area? Why?
38. Will the trail be open 24/7?
39. Why is a signal going to be installed at Fair Oaks Blvd? This will just increase traffic on that road and there is already too much traffic.
40. Have additional questions?