OCTA is starting a 405 freeway widening project that will run from Costa Mesa to the 605 in Seal Beach. Some of the bridges we use to cross the 405 (e.g. Ward, Talbert) are set to be rebuilt and may be closed entirely during construction. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you notice any closures. Your humble ride coordinator lives in South OC, so I may not be aware of when these closures start and their impact on our routes.
The county has posted signs advising that the trail will be closed from Taft to Memory Lane, beginning January 22 through April 30, 2018.
The USMC have advised the cycling community that failure to obey their single file riding rule and leaving the designated route from Las Pulgas gate to the Main Gate may jeopardize continued access to non-military cyclists.
CalTrans has made the shoulders wid ealong the 5 Freeway and as there is no other way to get from LAs Pulgas to Oceanside, it is legal to ride on the freeway shoulder if the base is closed to you...
Remember also to renew your on line registration to ride through the base; the USMC has s system in place to register you in advance for one year. If not registered you may be turned away at the gate to experience the freeway shoulder.
see https://mccscp.wufoo.com/forms/camp-pendleton-bike-route-access-form/ to register
The County will be closing a major portion of the Santa Ana River to all public access around January 22nd. All current residents are being moved out into other neighborhoods, and the remaining trash and pollution will need to safely be removed, and landscape restored. The Trail between Memory Lane and Ball/Taft will be closed until the summer of 2018.
We expect the County to post a detour, but unless they re-open the existing paved detour on the east bank between Memory Lane and Orangewood to get past the 22 & 5 freeways, the best on-street detour will likely go west on Memory Lane to Lewis, then north to Orangewood, then east back across the river to Eckhoff, then north to Collins, east to Main, and west on Taft to resume the off street bike path north of Taft.
Unfortunately the powers-that-be who are developing former MCAS El Toro into teh Great Park have closed the old Perimeter Road to bicycles. This road runs along the south and east sides of the base. This eliminates the connection from Marine Way to Astor and Fairbanks in the East Irvine Industrial Complex which we enjoyed during the summer & fall of 2017.
Riders can still enter the area on Marine Way off Sand Canyon, but will have to turn left up either Ridge Valley or Sky Hawk/Bosque to Irvine Blvd. Bummer, especially for those of us who live in Lake Forest!
10/1/17 update - the Trail is open again
OC Public Works will begin repairs on the Bay View Bridge at Upper Newport Bay located within the City of Newport Beach. Portions of the Brown/Bay View trail will be temporarily closed from July 31 to Sept. 15, 2017 for construction activities.
This is the trail that crosses the back bay between Jamboree and Irvine Ave. You can detour along Mesa Dr. just to the north. Here is a map of the detour.
Due to our winter rains and a construction project, homeless persons camping in the riverbed and along the east side of the river in the Orange/Anaheim area have moved alongside (and in come cases into) the bike trail.
The area most impacted is between the 5 freeway and Katella, along Anaheim Stadium. In online forums cyclists are reporting confrontations with the homeless in this area. You may want to consider alternate routes.
Irvine Ranch Water District is converting the northern segment of its Irvine Lake Pipeline to recycled water. During the months of December and January, contractor trucks will be utilizing E. Santiago Canyon Road near Jamboree and the 241 Toll Road to transport dirt and materials. Traffic delays may be possible on Santiago Canyon Road during peak traffic hours. For more information, please visit http://www.irwd.com/construction/ilp-con...
Red Hill is closed to all traffic over the 405 for repairs to the bridge and surrounding structure. Bikes cannot get through. Current information from the cities say that it will be closed through December 2016 with off-and-on closures into 2017.
Because this is between the 55 freeway and John Wayne Airport there are no good bike-friendly detours nearby. Your best bet is to modify your route to go east of the airport using Irvine Avenue/Campus and Von Karman.
From the Newport Bay Conservancy:
On behalf of the Newport Bay Conservancy, I would like to let you know that Coastal Cleanup Day is Saturday, September 17th, from 9 AM-NOON. Because of this, the path on Back Bay Drive from San Joaquin Hills Road to Eastbluff Drive will be closed during that time.
The County of Orange will be working on the Aliso Creek Trail, repairing and slurry sealing the pavement, from September 2016 through November 2016. The work will take place on weekdays and the trail should be open and available to riders on weekends.
For more information, click HERE.
As of August 16, Irvine Blvd. is fully open between Modjeska and Allred, with new pavement, striping and bike lanes (and unfortunately a couple more traffic signals). Enjoy!
There is a detour in effect for the SART about midway between Weir Canyon Road and Gypsum Canyon Road. Riders will need to exit the trail and ride along La Palma in this area. This detour is expected to be in place until December 2017. This sign will be installed by the Army Corps of Engineer’s contractor at entrances to the detour:
The good news is the trail between Lakeview and Tustin is now open, it is no longer necessary to detour on Riverdale.
The San Diego Creek Trail extends from the Upper Newport Bay upstream to the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater. Up stream from going under the 133 Laguna Freeway, the route crosses the creek on a side path of the Spectrum road bridge, then continues along the creek under the 405 Freeway. This bridge has been closed to traffic and cyclist usually crossed in the road, but now is full of parked and moving construction vehicles so share the road. The side path - the wide side walk intended for trail users - has a temporary water pipe right across the path from the fire hydrant. This is a temporary supply but services the water fro the new construction yard at the end of Spectrum road... but may be a trip hazard for a long time. Also there are no painted crosswalks so watch out for traffic now when continuing on the trail across Spectrum, or crossing the road to use the connector to Pacifica.
Irvine Blvd is being widened and curbed between Modjeska and Alton. Traffic is narrowed from 6 lanes to 2. The City of Irvine has done a great job of providing a generous bike lane, as well as slowing traffic speeds through the segments and the pavement is being kept in good shape.
Alton has been narrowed in both directions during construction between to Barranca / Muirlands and Technology. There is a speed reduction, but the bike lane has been narrowed, contained within concrete barriers and the pavement is pretty rough; and as the travel lanes are wearing down, gravel & such is spreading into the bike lanes. Watch for vehicles turning right across your path of travel where the bike lane ends at Muirlands.
South of Modjeska to Allred, one lane in each direction due to construction. There is a reasonable shoulder/bike lane and the speed limit's been reduced, so it is not too bad. Occasionally during the week the bike lane is closed for construction equipment working along the side of the road. There is more road debris than normal due to construction activity.
Road construction has the bridge reduced to one lane in each direction with no shoulder or bike lane.