The Town of Danville has 100% funding to complete the Diablo Road Trail Project by Fall 2022. Keeping Cyclists off Dangerous Diablo Road. 

History

For three decades, the Danville Townwide Trial Master Plan (adopted 1989) envisioned building a multi-purpose trail to close the gap between the existing Barbara Haile Trail and access to Mount Diablo State Park. This public trail segment is one of the most difficult to construct because it needed to traverse a creek and hilly terrain across the privately-owned Magee property.

The opportunity came with the approval of the 69-home Magee Preserve project, which dedicated 93% of the 410-acre ranch to public open space and trail development. A condition of the project’s approval required the developer to construct the eastern segment of the trail (located within the subdivision) and a dedicated public easement to the Town to construct the western segment.

Trail Alignment

While the eastern portion of the trail (to be constructed by the developer) would be relatively flat, the western portion – constructed by the Town – would encounter the most challenging conditions, which include creek crossings, steep slopes, and the most appropriate location to cross Diablo Road to connect to the existing Barbara Haile Trail.

Trail Funding

At the time of the Magee Preserve project approval, the Town had roughly 50% of the necessary funds to construct the project. By summer 2021, given its importance as a regional trail link, the Town was able to secure the remaining half of the funds and the project is now considered 100% funded.

Project Timeline

  • Identify Needs, Adopt a Plan

    Diablo Road Trail Project has finished this stage

    Danville Townwide Trail Master Plan, adopted in 1989, identified this trail gap between Barbara Haile Trail and Mt. Diablo State Park

  • Obtain Public Easement

    Diablo Road Trail Project has finished this stage

    Secure a public easement through a condition of approval for the Magee Preserve project, which dedicated 93% of the 410-acre ranch to public open space and trail development.

  • Evaluate Trail Alignments

    Diablo Road Trail Project has finished this stage

    Determine the most accessible, least environmentally impactful, and least expensive trail alignment.

  • Secure Project Funding

    Diablo Road Trail Project has finished this stage

    Seek grant funding sources to complete the project funding plan.

  • Complete Environmental Assessment

    Diablo Road Trail Project is currently at this stage

    Undertake a project-specific environmental analysis of the project.

  • Final Project Design

    This is an upcoming stage for Diablo Road Trail Project

    Begins Winter 2022

  • Submit Application for Regulatory Permits

    This is an upcoming stage for Diablo Road Trail Project

    Expected Spring 2022

  • Construction

    This is an upcoming stage for Diablo Road Trail Project

    Expected Summer-Fall 2022

  • Project Complete

    This is an upcoming stage for Diablo Road Trail Project

    Expected Fall 2022