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Length of trail through Citrus Heights will actually be over 4 miles

A map posted on the city’s website shows the path of a new trail under construction.

Sentinel staff report–
A new multi-use trail through Citrus Heights slated to open later this fall will provide users with more than four miles of trails, although the city typically refers to the trail as being 2.9 miles in length.

The reason for the apparent discrepancy in length is due to the 2.9-mile length not including several existing trails the new trail will connect with.

A city spokesman last year confirmed the 2.9-mile length does not include the recently constructed trail within Mitchell Village and said the 2.9-mile length only includes the trail that will be constructed “as part of the current grant funded construction project.” He said the 2.9-mile distance does include two trail spurs, at Woodside K-8 and Northwoods Park, but does not include the portion of the trail where travelers will utilize existing sidewalks along Highwood Way and Woodmore Oaks Dr.

The total trail length is over four miles when counting the third-of-a-mile existing trail in Arcade Creek Park Preserve and the three-quarter-mile trail through Mitchell Village, both of which will connect to the new 2.9-mile trail.

When complete, users will be able to walk or ride from Arcade Creek Park Preserve all the way to the northeastern outskirts of the city at Wachtel Way, near the Roseville border.

According to the city’s website, the trail project is part of the city’s effort to “increase walkability, safety and provide improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists throughout a system of creekside trails, passive open space, and parks.”

The city first began exploring the feasibility of a multi-use trail in 2014 and then adopted a Bikeway Master Plan in 2015 and made the Arcade-Cripple Creek trail a priority project. The trail was also identified in the Sacramento County Bikeway Master Plan. Funding was acquired in 2017 and design on the project began in 2018. Construction officially began on the trail in 2022 at Arcade Creek Park Preserve.

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