The West Brook Trail has been a favorite of hikers and equestrians for many years. It goes down the beautiful Town Creek valley among towering redwoods and crosses Town Creek near the bottom on a bridge that was constructed many years ago. The old bridge is 20 feet long and built with abutments at the edges of the creek. Over the years, the creek has eroded the western abutment, requiring the bridge and trail to be closed.
The team from ETRAC: Mike Bushue and Walter Gloskowski, designed a new bridge that would be 30 feet long, which will allow the new abutments to be set back 5 feet from the creek edges. It would not be necessary to do any work in the creek. The beams would be new Alaskan Yellow Cedar glue lams, which will be stronger than the existing bridge. It would also be 1 foot wider, to permit County staff to drive small equipment over the bridge in the case of an emergency or fire. The new bridge will be in the same location as the existing bridge, which will be removed.
We got environmental approval and permits mid-December. The goal is to have the new bridge done by June 1, 2019, so we can have a great summer riding in Jack Brook. Construction will begin shortly after April 15, if the weather cooperates. The order for the beams, which have a two month lead time, has been placed. The budget estimate is $25,000 total: $15,000 for materials, $10,000 for labor. Any excess contributions will be used for other trail repairs.
The Mounted Patrol Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable entity, so donations are tax-deductible to the amount permitted by law.
As of April, we have over 90% of the funds necessary.
Thanks to the WHOA - Gold Star Donor for the generous support:
Other donors are:
Silver Star supporterThe Don and Carole Tanklage Foundation
Bronze Star supporters
BABT -Bay Area Barns and Trails
SMCPF -San Mateo County Parks Foundation Friends of Huddart and Wunderlich Parks
Los Viajeros Riding Club and its members
San Mateo Horseman's Association and its members
Mounted Patrol of San Mateo County and its members
June 2019 Update:
The good news is we have raised all the money necessary to complete this project, purchased all the materials and have the contractors lined up to do the construction. Thanks to all of our generous donors! The bad news is the start date has been delayed due the rain. On April 16th , our original start date, the creek was still too high to cross. Then a major sink hole was discovered in the access road. Then a long wait to schedule heavy equipment to repair the sinkhole. Then it rained again! The hope is we can begin construction in June and be done by the end of July. Many thanks to Mike Bushue for all his hard work managing this project and to Walt Gloskowski for his engineering brilliance.
The new bridge layout is shown in the photos below. The pink tapes show the new bridge which is in the same location as the old bridge. The orange tapes show the outline of the top of the footing/abutment
View looking South for the new bridge location
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