Carquinez Scenic Drive Closes for Repairs (2013)
The section of Carquinez Scenic Drive between Martinez and the old Brickyard in Port Costa was closed by the County in 1983. In December 2012, the East Bay Regional Park District acquired the right-of-way from Contra Costa County and in June 2013, the Park District will begin a $5 million project to repair the landslides, reconstruct the drainage structures and repurpose the corridor as a paved, Class 1 segment of the Bay Trail. The project will take two construction seasons to complete, with completion projected to be in August of 2014. During the construction and due to the activities involving heavy equipment, the East Bay Regional Parks District will be enforcing a “hard closure” of the corridor and will be actively citing violators. The East Bay Regional Park District is asking for the cooperation from the public during the closure.
Edit [5/24/2013]: The road has been technically closed for years. In mid-June/early-July, the trail/road will be blocked off by fencing to start construction. The road will be inaccessible through the winter and construction should be complete in the fall of 2014.