Pedestrian and Bicyclist Restrictions at Congress Street and Bonita Avenue
April 21 – Crews worked throughout Wednesday, April 20, to expose the broken 36” reclaimed water line, and to ensure that the excavation was safe for workers to enter. Additional restrictions for pedestrians and bicyclists on Congress Street were also developed today.
Pedestrians and bicyclists will be restricted from Congress Street between Linda Avenue and the Congress Street bridge. Fencing will be installed around the perimeter of the construction area, and signage will be provided to guide pedestrians and bicyclists through a detour route.
The detour will route pedestrians and bicyclists along Linda Avenue to Alameda Street, then across Bonita Avenue to the Santa Cruz River Park pathway. From there, pedestrians and bicyclists will be directed through the Garden of Gethsemane park to a path leading to the Congress Street bridge. The detour has been established to ensure the safety of pedestrian and bicyclist traffic passing through the area.
Congress Street remains closed to vehicular traffic between Interstate 10 and Avenida del Convento. Westbound vehicular traffic leaving the downtown area will continue to be directed to either the westbound or eastbound frontage roads at Interstate 10. Eastbound traffic on Congress Street is restricted to local traffic east of Grande Avenue. Access to businesses along Congress, including El Rio Neighborhood Health Center, is from eastbound Congress Street and Grande Avenue.
Motorists are urged to avoid this area, and should use 22nd Street or St. Mary’s Road as alternate routes.