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Work starts on bike path between Roeding & Service
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Workers from George Reed, Inc., were busy last week digging a trench and compacting part of the Ceres Main Canal for the foundation of a retaining wall that will be part of the bicycle and pedestrian path west of Moore Road. When done, the bike path will run from Hatch Road to Service Road. - photo by JEFF BENZIGER/Courier photo

Work has started to extend the existing bike trail in Ceres all the way to Service Road.

Moore Road has been closed to through traffic so that paving contractor George Reed, Inc. can work along the Ceres Main Canal to construct the bike and pedestrian path.

The Ceres City Council awarded the $1.38 million contract as the fourth phase of the Ceres Main Canal Bike & Pedestrian Path, which will stretch from Roeding Road to Service Road.

Once complete, the bike path will allow bicyclists and pedestrian to travel all the way from Service Road east of Mitchell Road all the way to Richland Avenue at Hatch Road without the fear of conflicting with cars and trucks.
Ultimately the city plans to extend the bike path all the way to the highway frontage road, said City Manager Toby Wells.

The majority of the funding comes from a Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) grant intended to promote non-motorized forms of transportation and reduce air pollution. The rest comes from Public Facility Fees paid by developers who have passed those costs onto people who buy their houses.