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Sacramento's R Street Railroad bridge, recently converted for bicycle and pedestrian use.

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Cyclists explore part of the North Valley
Rail-Trail in Idaho.

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Big Developments out West:
Bridge Conversions, Trail Extensions, International Crossings and More

It's been a busy summer of rail-trail news from Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's Western Region


Sacramento Converts Railroad Bridge for Pedestrian Connection to Waterfront
The city of Sacramento, Calif., recently completed the conversion of the R Street Railroad bridge into a bicycle and pedestrian bridge over Interstate 5. The new connection improves access from downtown Sacramento to the Sacramento Parkway Trail, the Sacramento River and the recently constructed Docks Promenade. Historically, R Street was the route of the first commercial railroad west of the Mississippi, including for the Pony Express. Making connections across the rivers and freeways that exist as barriers to pedestrian and bicycle travel was a central goal of Sacramento's Campaign for Active Transportation Case Statement, and the opening of the R Street Railroad bridge removes a key barrier.


New Access Agreements Help Extend Idaho Rail-Trail
New mileage just opened up on the North Valley Rail Trail in Idaho, as Valley County Pathways secured a critical access easement for 1.8 miles and held a successful workday to sign and clear the path for your enjoyment. The new section of trail connects McCall's paved bike path on the north and a dirt section on the Idaho Power and Lake Irrigation District property to the south. The connection created a continuous five-mile corridor for walking, running, bicycling and cross-country skiing through the scenic valley. Valley County Pathways had a productive volunteer day in May, installing 15 new signposts and brushing out the new sections of trail. 
"It is truly a beautiful ride," says Steve Stuebner, vice president of Valley County Pathways. "Much of the trail is bordered by pine trees, so that provides an intimate experience with nature as the old railroad right-of-way swings through the pastoral countryside south of McCall. You'll see hawks, eagles and ospreys flying overhead, and songbirds in the trees."

Rail-Trail Nears Connection with Canada
The 28-mile
Ferry County Rail Trail in Washington has opened for hiking and cross-country skiing, and it will soon be ready for bicyclists and equestrians as well. The trail follows the Kettle River and Curlew Lake and utilizes the old Great Northern rail line. Soon, the route could make an international connection with the 600-kilometer Kettle Valley Railway trail system in Canada. Ferry County Rail Trail Partners are working to develop the corridor with signage, decking for the trestle over Curlew Lake, surfacing and other improvements.
"North America's first international rail-trail, with a connection to British Columbia's growing boundary area trail system—this all can only mean big things for our area and rail-trail fans around the world," says local advocate Bob Whittaker.

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