Tuesday, July 9, 2013

New Bike Path will Connect to Burbank Metrolink Station

 Burbank Metrolink station, photo: Hunter Communications
Two years ago, the city of Burbank opened the Lake - Alameda greenway and bikepath in its southeastern corner.  Now an ambitious plan for a $4.4 million extension has been approved. The new stretch will extend the bikepath North to the Burbank Metrolink station, opening up a variety of options for commuters, residents and pleasure bikers from around the region. The full-length path runs along the Burbank channel, and will be complete and opened by 2016.

Hunter Communications Original News Source:
The Burbank Leader

Link to article:
Excerpt: "A new bike lane to connect the downtown Metrolink station with the Lake-Alameda bike path will cost $4.4 million, but when it's completed in 2016, officials say it will fill a missing link for commuters.

Though most of the project will be grant funded — including $2.7 million from the state — the city will tap a transportation fund to pony up a $680,000 local match.

Councilman David Gordon called the project cost — which comes in at roughly $1,066 per foot of construction — 'staggering,' noting that a longer stretch of the Chandler Bikeway was constructed for much cheaper. The roughly two-mile stretch — from Mariposa Street to Clybourn Avenue — was reportedly built for $2.7 million. But deputy city transportation planner David Kriske said the new bike path, which will run along the Burbank Channel, was more complex and will require ground leveling and the construction of a grade-separated crossing at Alameda Avenue.

Once completed, the lane will provide a connection between the Lake-Alameda path and the Metrolink station, which is important for the transit-reliant neighborhoods nearby, Kriske said."
(Note: Hunter Communications handles publicity for Burbank Town Center, adjacent to the Burbank Metrolink station)

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