Conforming to the Monroe Staging Area trail segment, the Reach 4 expansion provides safe off-street passage for trail users from the staging area to the Cabrillo Avenue on-street trail segment. The project faced several site specific challenges. Providing access for maintenance vehicles, appropriate drainage, planting, irrigation, trail, traffic barriers and curb all within a 14’ section was one of the largest challenges to overcome. The 14’ section occurs at a critical point of the trail between San Tomas Expressway and residential property lines. Ultimately, the trail width was reduced at the critical point to accommodate the necessary design elements in the safest, most functional and aesthetically pleasing way possible.
Wayfinding elements including a trailhead sign and decorative paving mark the trail access point from Cabrillo Avenue. A grassy swale provides both drainage and lushness to the landscape strip while tall Tristania trees provide visual screening to the neighboring residences.