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Whittier biking, walking trail extension set for 2018

The city of Whittier will extend its popular Greenway trail starting next year.

Construction will begin sometime in 2018 after almost a decade of fundraising design challenges, Jeff Collier, Whittier’s city manager, told KPCC on Thursday. The extension includes 2.8 miles additional miles of room for walking, driving and biking, he said.

“We’ve had people that are very excited,” he said. “Having a quarter of a million people using it in the past year shows it’s a very popular feature of our community.”

The proposed trail extension is shown in purple.
City of Whittier
The proposed trail extension is shown in purple.

The city purchased rights for the extension from the Union Pacific Railroad, Collier said. Once begun, construction will take between 9 months to a year, he said.

Another map outlining the trail.
City of Whittier
Another map outlining the trail.

Other than the trail, 22 parking spaces will be paved for people using the trail. Extending the 4-mile long trail benefits the community with the addition of easier transportation routes, less greenhouse gas emissions and connection to local schools, he said. 

A few homes that have constructed makeshift access points to the trail will also lose access once the trail extension construction begins, Collier said.