The Obern Trail cycle path in Goleta will soon feature new energy-efficient LED lighting, as the Santa Barbara County Supervisory Board approved the project at Tuesday’s meeting.
According to the staff report, the 21-mile loop trail that begins at Goleta Beach is the “South Coast’s most voluminous Class I trail.”
With thousands of students and commuters using the trail every day, most trail activity takes place during the dark hours of the morning or evening.
“Currently, the path is illuminated by severely deteriorated high pressure sodium path lights installed over 30 years ago,” the project staff report said. âThe aging lights are failing, which leaves the corridor of the cycle path without adequate night lighting. Replacing aging lights with new energy efficient LED lights will improve the safety of commuters using the facility in the morning and evening.
The project will replace 55 old fixtures with energy efficient and sustainable LED lighting, similar to what is already installed along the Maria Ygnacio cycle path and other segments of the Obern trail.
The lowest responsible bidder, Alfaro Communications Construction Inc., which was hired to install the lighting, submitted a bid of $ 358,710, which the Santa Barbara County Department of Public Works says is 56.8 % higher than the engineer’s estimate for the project.
According to the staff report, labor costs and the cost of materials have increased significantly due to the effects of COVID-19, which has led to high project bids.
The total cost of the project is $ 446,896, including additional work and contingencies.
The Obern Tail Lighting Improvement Project will be funded by a Measure A grant from the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments, operating transfers from the Alternative Transportation Fund for Public Works, the Fund of the unincorporated Goleta Valley for Community Service Area 3 and Measure Fund A for public works.
In addition to the lighting improvements, the county will work with SBCAG and the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition to install a donated FLIR bicycle counter on one of the new light poles, which SBCAG and SBBIKE will maintain and track.
“Replacing and repairing emergency lighting equipment dramatically improves the safety of commuters using the facility in the morning and evening,” according to the staff report.
Once work on the project has started, the contractor will complete the project within 20 working days, depending on the staff report and contract.