Crystal Springs to Get Half-Million-Dollar New Trail

Congresswoman Jackie Speier announced a federal grant to add nearly one mile of new trail to the popular local spot.

Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) has announced that the Public Lands Highway Discretionary Program (PLHD) has awarded San Mateo County $550,000 for the Crystal Springs Regional Trail South of Highway 92 Project.

The project will construct a new 0.9-mile segment of the 17.5-mile Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. The federal grant will cover almost half of the estimated $1.2 million cost of the trail, which is currently a service road adjacent to the Crystal Springs reservoir.

In a statement announcing the grant, Speier said, “This will be a cherished part of our regional network of trails. It will provide a safe place for people to get exercise and enjoy the beautiful scenery.”

She added, “This is a highly efficient use of federal funding. The road already exists and connects to an existing bike bridge over a major freeway.  I believe the proposed path will be instantly popular with the tens of thousands of people who already use the trail north of this point.”

Speier explained, the multiple-use trail will give pedestrians, bicyclists and equestrians a safe alternative to using a rural road east of the trail which is frequently used by fast moving vehicles.

PLHD awarded a total of almost $87 million to 75 projects out of 285 applicants. Groundbreaking for the Crystal Springs Regional Trail is expected in the late summer of 2013.


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carole Robinson September 03, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Let's see did Jackie borow that money from China on her credit card?, or is this business as usual pork barrel spending to add to the 16 trillion debt Hummmm
George Robinson September 03, 2012 at 05:28 PM
This is the kind of totally unnecessary spending that drives out debt up... just pork and nothing but pork. We need to flip congress and put fiscally responsible people in office. One such person is running against Jackie, Debbie Bacigalupi. www.debbieforcongress.org
Antonio Catpo September 04, 2012 at 02:18 AM
This is great news! Since only 75 projects, out of 285, were awarded some funding, it seems the project was well presented and the PHLD deemed it necessary. Thanks Mrs, Speier!
carole Robinson September 04, 2012 at 04:24 PM
send us a check and the local community can build that or how about the people who want to use the track donate the money. You understand the concept of broke right? Do you have any priorities? You know what happens when your have gone over your credit limit? They cut up your credit card. but then again we can print money, devalue our dollar further. I guess that concept is over the head of some.


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