Rialto seeks funding for trails projectJosh Dulaney, Staff WriterPosted: 01/02/2010 06:13:58 AM PSTRIALTO - The city is looking to the state for help to build the first phase of its recreational trail project.
Officials have approved a grant application for up to $700,000 through the Department of Transportation's Bicycle Transportation Account to construct a concrete bike path from Maple to Cactus avenues.
The path would be a part of the 21-mile Pacific Electric Trail, a regional walking and biking trail that stretches to Claremont along the old Pacific Electric Railway.
The state account provides funds for local projects geared toward improving safety and convenience for cyclists.
The trail and amenities such as decorative lights are estimated to cost $1.2 million, according to a staff report.
The city has appropriated $350,000 from Redevelopment Agency bond money to design the trail.
The minimum required match for the grant is 10 percent. The RDA's $350,000 may be used as matching funds for the grant. Also, Public Works officials recommended adding $100,000 in Measure I sales tax funds to that amount, bringing the total local match to $450,000.
Increasing the match amount improves the city's chances of receiving the grant, officials said.
Officials have not set a target date for when construction should start.
Other cities along the trail have either completed their portions or expect to do so in 2011.