Environmental report on Petaluma trestle rehabilitation project online
Published: Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 10:23 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 10:23 a.m.
The environmental assessment and initial study document for the downtown Petaluma trestle rehabilitation project is now available online through the city's website.
A move is under way to rehab the 500-foot trestle, which runs along the Petaluma River behind businesses that front Petaluma Boulevard North. It is viewed as a symbol of Petaluma's history as a Sonoma County shipping corridor.
The 1922 trestle was once part of the Petaluma & Santa Rosa Railroad, one of several local lines that carried passengers and goods such as eggs, apples and hay. It is now owned by the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit, or SMART.
At one point, the electric trolley system had 200 cars running 10,000 carloads of freight and 250,000 passengers annually from as far away as Forestville, Sebastopol and Santa Rosa. In recent years it has been ignored and the supporting structure has rotted.
Petaluma city leaders are planning to rehabilitate the existing trestle, stabilize the surrounding river slopes and install educational features along the waterfront. A new pedestrian walkway also is in the plans.
A copy can be viewed at the city clerk's office or by calling Diane Ramirez at 776-3658 or emailing email@example.com.
Comments on the documents must be submitted by July 12.
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