Coyote Creek Class I Bikeway
- Project Location:
The bikeway is located along Coyote Creek Channel from La Mirada Blvd/Malvern Avenue to Hillsborough Drive in the cities of Buena Park, Fullerton, and La Mirada.
- Project Description:
The two-mile Coyote Creek Class I Bikeway was a $1.5 million project that is an extension of the existing bikeway to the north and one of the missing links in the 66-mile OC Loop. This fully-paved, signed, and striped bikeway runs between Malvern Avenue/La Mirada Boulevard and Hillsborough Drive and includes ADA accessibility, direct access to Behringer Athletic Facility, and sustainable water quality features such as a vegetated swale.
- Project Justification:
The biggest accomplishments for this project were securing the funding and obtaining all the necessary jurisdictional approvals. Each of these processes involved numerous agencies and multiple partnerships were created throughout the entirety of the project. With the bikeway running through three cities and two counties, and due to federal grant money being used toward the construction cost, it is clear that many approvals were needed along the way. These approvals included:
• General Plan Conformity (Buena Park)
• General Plan Conformity (Fullerton)
• Buena Park City Council Approval
• Fullerton City Council Approval
• La Mirada Approval of Plans
• Los Angeles County Department of Public Works Use Agreement
• Los Angeles County Department of Public Works Flood Permit
• US Army Corps of Engineers Section 408 Permit
• Orange County Transportation Authority (Funding)
• California Department of Transportation (Funding)
• Federal Highway Administration (Funding)
• Orange County Parks Department (Funding)
• Orange County Flood Control District (Funding)
This project provides two miles of additional bikeway for nearby residents to use and enjoy. It connects to the bikeway to the north which was completed by the city of La Habra in recent years. Additionally, this project was one of the remaining milestones towards completing the OC Loop. The OC Loop is a vision of seamless connections throughout inland and coastal Orange County and is currently over 70% complete, with efforts underway to complete the remaining segments.
In addition to extending the existing bikeway, this project also provided a direct connection to Behringer Athletic Facility in La Mirada, a facility that is heavily used by residents in the area throughout the year. While the majority of the bikeway is on the east bank of Coyote Creek, an existing bridge was utilized and approximately 450 feet of bikeway was paved on the west side of the channel in order to provide this connection.
As a federally funded project, there were requirements above and beyond the local requirements that OC Public Works meets with other projects. This included making the bikeway ADA accessible, as well as Buy America provisions (which ensures that American-made products are used), and a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise goal to encourage participation by socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses. Over $168,000 of construction work was completed by certified DBEs, totaling about 11% of the total construction costs.
- Special Circumstances:
As previously mentioned, one of the biggest obstacles with this project was the number of different agencies involved. This two mile stretch of bikeway goes through three cities (Buena Park, Fullerton, and La Mirada) which are in two different counties (Orange and Los Angeles). Because Coyote Creek zig-zags in and out of both Orange and Los Angeles Counties, an agreement was executed in 1956 that defined the roles and responsibilities of each county. Under the agreement, Los Angeles County Flood Control District is considered the owner and Orange County Flood Control District is responsible for operations and maintenance. This necessitated that a flood permit be obtained from LA County. Additional coordination and an additional permit were needed with the Army Corps of Engineers since the channel was originally constructed by them.
This project was awarded a $1 million grant through the Bicycle Corridor Improvement Program which provided federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality funds. The $1 million was authorized to be used toward the $1.5 million construction cost. This federal grant funding that was secured led to a partnership between OCTA, Caltrans, OC Parks, and OC Public Works to meet the strict requirements and get the authorization from the Federal Highway Administration to construct the bikeway. The partnership was established early on in the design phase and continued through the completion of the project, and was a critical piece of the entire project.
Partnerships were also created with each of the cities involved in the project. With so many jurisdictional approvals needed and stakeholders involved, a significant amount of time, effort, and coordination were required to get approval from each.
- Project Attachments:
Keeton Kreitzer Consulting
General Contractor: PALP, Inc. dba Excel Paving Company
Fencecorp, Inc. (Fencing)
Quality Hydroseeding (Soil Stabilization)
Mallard Construction (Striping)
Mission Paving & Sealing (Slurry Seal)
J.A. Lynch Masonry, Inc. (Masonry)
EBS General Eng. (Concrete)
Treesmith Enterprises (Clear and Grub)
YMD Material Broker (Trucking)
Triumph Geo-Synthetics (Geogrid)
E.M. Oil Transport, Inc (Fog Seal)
- Award Citation::
The two-mile Coyote Creek Class I Bikeway was a $1.5 million cooperative project between the County of Orange, OCTA, OCFCD, Caltrans, and FHWA and is an extension of the 66-mile OC Loop. This bikeway runs between Malvern Avenue/La Mirada Boulevard and Hillsborough Drive and includes ADA accessibility, direct access to Behringer Athletic Facility, and sustainable water quality features such as a vegetated swale.
- Suggested Award Summary:
The two-mile Coyote Creek Class I Bikeway is located between La Mirada Boulevard and Hillsborough Drive in the cities of Buena Park, Fullerton, and La Mirada. It is a $1.5 million cooperative project between the County of Orange, OCTA, OCFCD, Caltrans, and FHWA that is an extension of the existing bikeway to the north and one of the missing links in the 66-mile OC Loop. The OC Loop is a vision of seamless connections throughout inland and coastal Orange County and is currently over 70% complete, with efforts underway to complete the remaining segments.
Residents are able to enjoy the recreational and transportation benefits offered by this fully-paved, signed, and striped bikeway that runs between Malvern Avenue/La Mirada Boulevard and Hillsborough Drive. The bikeway includes ADA accessibility, direct access to Behringer Athletic Facility, and sustainable water quality features such as a vegetated swale.