Company:
City of Orange
Status:
Awarded
Awarded:
Project of Merit
Additional Files
Bike Trail map with photos along theTustin Street to Wanda Road & Collins Avenue Intersection segment.
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Santiago Creek Bike Trail - Tustin Street to the Wanda Road & Collins Avenue Intersection

Project Location:

City of Orange: Tustin Street to the Wanda Road & Collins Avenue Intersection

Project Description:

As part of the County of Orange Regional Bike Trail system, this segment completes an uninterrupted scenic bike route through the City of Orange that connects the trail from the Cannon Street Staging Area to the Orange / Santa Ana city border. (See map for the project limits.) This Class 1 segment connects to existing bike trials and lanes from the City of Villa Park and the City of Santa Ana. It completes an important segment of the bike route envisioned to ultimately connect the Santiago Oaks Regional Park to the Pacific Ocean.

This project is over 40 years in the making.  Planning documents and discussion about this project can be traced back to 1959.  The Lower Santiago Creek Specific Plan, the Santiago Creek Greenway Study, the Orange Greenbelt Committee, the Santiago Creek Greenbelt Plan and the Santiago Creek Greenbelt Implementation Plan were all part of creating this project. Committees dating back to the 1970s kept this project alive.  The community and the City shared the vision of a day when residents could bike, walk, and jog along the Santiago Creek.  At the February 11, 2012, Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony their shared dream became a reality.

The Tustin Street to Wanda Road and Collins Avenue Intersection Segment was designed by Hall & Foreman, Inc., with environmental coordination by ICF Jones & Stokes, and construction by 4 Con Engineering.

Project components include:
• Two pedestrian bridges
• Two staging areas with parking
• Two illuminated undercrossing
• A paved 10-foot wide trail spanning approximately 10,250 linear feet
• Enhanced flood-way protection including a new storm drain outlet
• Reconstruction of an eroded channel
• Rails to Trails conversion
• Accommodating and protecting a high-pressure Kinder Morgan fuel oil pipeline
• Extensive, multiple agency coordination
• Numerous property acquisitions & easements

Project Type: 10-foot wide off-road Class 1 paved bike trail

Project Length: Approximately 2 miles (10,250 linear feet)

Project Duration: Design was complete in 2010 with construction complete in 2012. The Dedication & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on February 11, 2012.

Project Budget: Construction cost was approximately $3,000,000
Construction Funding Sources: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funds (ARRA), Transportation Demand Management (TDM), Transportation Development Act (TDA), City of Orange Park Development Fees

Project Goal: The project goals were to connect & protect. 

To construct a gap closure segment that connects a new section of the Orange County Regional Bike Trail system to the existing Santiago Creek Bike Trail.

To protect the natural environment and beauty of the Santiago Creek while allowing responsible recreational access. 

Project Justification:

This project is worthy of an award because it represents the culmination of decades of planning, committee discussions, and community support.  Since the late 1950s this project has been in the eye of the community and City planners.  The ability to complete it now stems from a variety of factors coming online.  These include securing funding sources, obtaining approvals from governing agencies, securing property acquisition and easements, and the completion of surrounding bike trail segments. 

This project deserves recognition because it:
• Deploys good engineering design practices
• Demonstrates construction ingenuity to overcome known environmental sensitivities and address unknown challenges met in the field
• Showcases the progress possible when multiple agencies work together to focus on achieving project goals
• Addresses and protects environmentally sensitive habitat
• Delivers a much anticipated recreational venue in the center of the City that will be enjoyed for generations to come
• Protects the natural environment and beauty of the Santiago Creek while allowing responsible recreational access
• Completes an important segment of the bike route envisioned to ultimately connect the Santiago Oaks Regional Park to the Pacific Ocean

Special Circumstances:

The project spanned many jurisdictions and crossed numerous property lines. To successfully complete the project, the project team:
• Developed productive relations with the approving agencies and property owners
• Coordinated approvals & secured needed environmental and construction permits
• Provided community outreach to the residents

Environmental Approvals
The project location (which included an environmentally sensitive area of the Santiago Creek) and the project’s use of federal funds required extensive agency approvals. The team coordinated with both the Army Corps of Engineers and the California Department of Fish & Game. To accommodate the endangered Least Bell’s Vireo bird, a focused survey was completed, construction took place outside the nesting area and included biological surveys during construction to monitor wildlife activity.  The City took the lead on the environmental processing, while Hall & Foreman coordinated with ICF Jones & Stokes on the environmental documentation.

Multiple Agency Coordination & Construction Permits
Agencies involved included Caltrans, County of Orange, Orange County Transportation Authority, Orange County Flood Control District, Metropolitan Water District, City of Orange, Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board, California Department of Fish & Game, and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Property Acquisition & Easements
Acquisition and easements were secured from seven private properties, Orange County Flood Control District (OCFCD), Metropolitan Water District (MWD), County of Orange, and State of California (Caltrans).

Project Attachments:

Unique Project Challenges:

Pedestrian Bridges
The project construction included the installation of 2 prefabricated metal bridges spanning the Santiago Creek.  These bridges were located at Grijalva Park and Yorba Park. 

The Grijalva Bridge was constructed with a span length of 85 feet.  The bridge provides access across Santiago Creek south of Collins Avenue, and completes the Class 1 bike trail link from the northerly bike trail segment near the Bond pits to the west side of Santiago Creek.  The Grijalva Bridge also provides a link to the City’s newly constructed Community Gymnasium at Grijalva Park.

The Yorba Park Bridge located south of Chapman Avenue was constructed with a span length of 200 feet.  The bridge was required to span an environmentally sensitive area of the creek.  The Yorba Park bridge consisted of 3 prefabricated steel bridge segments, and was preassembled by the Contractor adjacent to the Creek and lifted with the use of 3 large equipment cranes to set the pedestrian bridge in place with no support piers within the Creek. 

Undercrossings
The construction of the Santiago Creek Bike Trail required the crossing of the Costa Mesa Freeway (SR 55) and Chapman Avenue.  The trail crossing under the freeway consisted of regrading the existing maintenance access path under the freeway to provide positive drainage and required trail dimensions.  The crossing was constructed with 300 feet of concrete surfacing to protect it from the high water flows in the channel.  The crossing included the installation of overhead illumination to provide trail lighting under the bridge to improve visibility and maintain sidewalk lighting levels during trail usage.

The trail crossing at Chapman Avenue included the excavation and removal of over 1,500 cubic yards of soil backfill under Chapman Avenue for a length of 200 feet.  During the soil excavation and removal, the Contractor located an existing 1935 concrete bridge abutment for a previous bridge crossing the Creek.  The concrete footing was part of the existing flood protection channel walls under Chapman Avenue and was carefully removed by the Contractor with no damage to the flood control walls.  The bike trail crossing profile was designed to maintain trail vertical clearances while not impacting the existing bridge abutment footings.  The trail crossing design included the construction of a concrete tie-back wall to support the soil under the westerly Chapman Avenue bridge concrete abutment and steel pile footings.  The trail crossing construction included trail lighting to provide safety lighting during trail operations.

Rails to Trails Conversion
The rails to trails movement encourages converting former rail lines into trails for use by the community for outdoor activity and healthier lifestyles. The City acquired an abandon section of Union Pacific railroad between Collins Avenue and Walnut Avenue.  This section was used to connect to the City of Villa Park’s Class 1 bike trail segment which runs along Wanda Road from Collins Avenue to Katella Avenue.

Award Citation::

The Tustin Street to Wanda Road & Collins Avenue Intersection Bike Trail segment through the City of Orange completes the Santiago Creek Bike Trail that runs from the Cannon Street Staging Area to the Orange / Santa Ana city border.  This segment completes a gap closure within the City of Orange. The project goals were to connect to the existing trail and to protect the natural environment and beauty of the Santiago Creek while allowing responsible recreational access for generations to come.

Suggested Award Summary:

The Tustin Street to Wanda Road & Collins Avenue Intersection Bike Trail segment through the City of Orange completes the Santiago Creek Bike Trail that runs from the Cannon Street Staging Area to the Orange / Santa Ana city border.  The goals for completing this segment were to connect and protect.  This segment connects a new section of the Orange County Regional Bike Trail system to the existing Santiago Creek Bike Trail and it protects the natural environment and beauty of the Santiago Creek while allowing responsible recreational access. This segment completes an important segment of the bike route envisioned to ultimately connect the Santiago Oaks Regional Park to the Pacific Ocean.

This project is over 40 years in the making.  Planning documents and discussion about this project can be traced back to 1959.  Committees dating back to the 1970s kept this project alive.  The community and the City shared the vision of a day when residents could bike, walk, and jog along the Santiago Creek.  At the February 11, 2012, Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony their shared dream became a reality.

The ability to complete the segment now stems from a variety factors coming online.  These include securing funding sources, obtaining approvals from governing agencies, securing property acquisition and easements, and the completion of surrounding bike trail segments.

Project components specific to the Tustin Street to Wanda Road & Collins Avenue Intersection segment include: two pedestrian bridges, two staging areas with parking, two illuminated undercrossings, a paved 10-foot wide trail spanning approximately 10,250 linear feet, enhanced flood-way protection including a new storm drain outlet and reconstruction of an eroded channel, a Rails to Trails conversion, utility coordination and protection during grading for the Kinder Morgan fuel oil pipeline, extensive multiple agency coordination and numerous property acquisitions & easements, and construction permits from the Army Corps of Engineers, Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board, California Fish & Game, County of Orange Flood Control District, and Caltrans.

Project Awards

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Candidate Awards

Natalie A. Meeks, P.E. Tasha M. Kamegai-Karadi Yazdan (Yaz) T. Emrani, P.E., Byron Tobey, PE, QSD, LEEP AP Eric Walker Gidti Ludesirishoti Victoria Pilko Pratanu Ghosh Steven R Marvin Phil Jones, PE Joshua Nelson, PE Victor Aguirre Kenneth H. Rosenfield, PE George A. Jurica, PE Tom Bogard Ravi Shah, PE, QSP/QSD Amy Choi, EIT Elizabeth Ruedas, EIT, ENV SP Mujahid Chandoo Roxanne Follis Amir Aghakouchak, Ph.D., M-ASCE, P.E. Fred Minagar Jeffrey Okamoto, PE Harvey Gobas Chloe Gharios Kevin Onuma, P.E. Ryan Chamberlain Dr. Adrian Moore Michael Pierce, A.M.ASCE Remi Candaele, PE, MS, QSD/QSP, M.ASCE Thomas A. Broz, P.E., S.E, F.ASCE Karen Cervantes, S.M.ASCE Isamar Escobar, A.M.ASCE Kevin Kondru, P.E., M.ASCE Douglas J. Johnson, P.E., M.ASCE Jeremy Redman, PhD Christopher Haire Mojgan Hashemi, P.E., M.ASCE OC Report Card Executive Committee Steven J. Huff, P.E., M.ASCE William Bennett, P.E., M.ASCE Bruce Phillips, P.E. Brad Dybel, PE Bryant Wong Gyssela (Jazzy) Quinabo, E.I.T. Nestor Godinez, PE Professor Joel Lanning Elizabeth Ruedas Dave Lowe Wei Koo Bill Lawson Amber Ganapathy Bob Kallenbaugh State Senator Josh Newman Gary Urban Dr. Sudarshan Kurwadkar Clint Isa, PE Jason Fix, PE Chirath "Chuck" Karunathilake Amber Shah Ashlyn Alexander John C Hogan Marionne Philline Lapitan Dr. C.T. Bathala, PhD, P.E. Kevin Du Mont, P.E. Ziad Mazboudi, P.E., D.WRE, MBA David Frattone, P.E. Lisa Bartlett Jennifer Bohen Gyssela (Jazzy) Quinabo, E.I.T. Adeleine J. Tran, P.E. Jared Lindo Janelle Gonzalez Marionne Philline Lapitan Chirath "Chuck" Karunathilake Gabreelle Gonzalez, P.E. George A. Jurica, P.E. Jeff Braun, P.E. Representative Harley Rouda Jeremy R. Squire, P.E. Kathereen Shinkai, P.E. Mobility 21 Douglas J. Sereno, P.E., F.ASCE Dr. Lisa Star, Ph.D., P.E. Lisa M. Penna, P.E., F.ASCE, QSD Michael A. Kraman, P.E. Tapas Dutta, P.E., F.ASCE Andrew Pham, PE, City of Irvine Matthew Cugini, PE, Caltrans Farzian Zareian, Ph.D. Thomas T. Kim, PE Don Hoppe, PE Doug Staley, PE Ravi Shah, PE Mark Vukojevic, PE David Naish, PhD Lacy Kelly Gary L. Miller, PE Kenneth Rosenfield Andrew Easterling, EIT
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