Repairs partially close popular path

Peninsula runner Mark Haesloop, once a regular marathoner, will have to cut his runs along Sawyer Camp Trail short for the next month as the path is rebuilt and new stormwater drainage culverts are constructed alongside it.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has closed down a portion of the popular recreation trail for a month to rebuild and stabilize the path. The trail, which sees about 25,000 visitors monthly, provides access to the San Andreas Dam in the Crystal Springs Reservoir.

Approximately a mile of the trail, from Hillcrest Drive in Millbrae south to the dam, will be closed until the last Friday of July, PUC spokeswoman Maureen Barry said.

An agreement between the county and the PUC requires the trail work to be complete and the trail fully restored before the 33-mile Tour de Peninsula bicycle race on Aug. 5, Barry said.

The project is estimated to cost about $860,000, Barry said. The maintenance work to rebuild the road and improve drainage culverts is separate from the PUC’s $4.3 billion retrofit of the Hetch Hetchy water system, which includes the Crystal Springs watershed. The system delivers water to 2.4 million Bay Area residents.

“Given the nature of the work [at Sawyer Camp Trail], we didn’t want to create any hazards to bicyclists, pedestrians, etc., so we decided to close the trail during construction,” Barry said.

“I understand why they’re going to do it, but it’s going to be an inconvenience,” Haesloop said.

He suggested runners looking for longer trails to try Edgewood and Huddard parks, or the San Andreas Trial that starts across the street from the northern Sawyer Camp Trail entrance and winds its way to San Bruno.

While runners, bicyclists and pedestrians won’t be able to access the trail from the north entrance at Hillcrest and Skyline boulevards from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Millbrae, about five miles of the trial will be open and accessible through the south entrance at Skyline and Crystal Springs Road in San Mateo, said David Moore, county parks superintendent.

The tour raises between $10 million and $30 million annualy for the county parks department, said county Parks and Recreation Foundation Executive Director Julia Bott.

ecarpenter@examiner.com


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