The City has formally released their plans
on how it will demolish the Willow Glen Trestle
the “Initial Study and draft Mitigated Negative Declaration” (IS/MND)
officially explains how the Trestle it
to be demolished,
and what will replace it.
This report is subject to public review and comment prior to official approval
to assure that the planned project is done in an environmentally responsible manner.
The public is given 30 days (through Dec. 19) to give comment.
The City of San José will need to publicly explain why replacing the trestle with a new bridge is better for the environment.
They will have to justify the need to demolish a historic structure,
discuss the impacts to the streamside habitat and how they will make amends, and
explain how they will remove the existing structure without severely impacting water quality for the fish and wildlife.
Please read and then express your thoughts and concerns.
Here is the official notice:
Draft Negative Declarations and Initial Studies
File No. PP13-085, Three Creeks Trail Pedestrian Bridge Project.
The proposed project involves the demolition of an existing wood railroad trestle and the construction of a new pedestrian bridge over Los Gatos Creek. The proposed project includes a pre-fabricated, 210-foot-long, single-span steel truss bridge with a poured concrete deck. The new bridge would be on the same alignment as the existing bridge, and small retaining walls would be installed adjacent to the new bridge abutments to allow for the future Los Gatos Creek trail connection to the northeast and for a viewing area on the south side of the new bridge.
Project Location: Adjacent to Los Gatos Creek between Lonus Street and Coe Avenue in Willow Glen, a neighborhood of San Jose. The pedestrian bridge will be located across Los Gatos Creek (latitude 37°18’53.16”N, longitude 121°54’13.00”W).APN: 264-11-100. Council District: 6. Circulation Period: 11/19/2013 to 12/19/2013.
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the Willow Glen Trestle: a play in three acts
Prologue: for years, the community and the City had worked together to obtain funding for restoration of the trestle as the Los Gatos Creek Trail connection
Act I: the City abruptly decides instead to demolish the trestle, and we work with the City staff to change their mind by addressing their Engineering Report, but the City Council votes to demolish trestle
Act II: we work with the City Council to get a reconsideration by showing how grant money can be repurposed while trestle is left for later. The Act culminates in an hour-and-a-half "Approval of the Minutes".
we are now at intermission, soon to be followed by:
Act III: We work with various agencies and entities (and maybe the City as well) to try to save and restore the trestle.
Hopefully the trestle will still be standing at the end of the play – you can help write the ending!
Please sign our on-line petition to save the trestle!
Yes, the Council has already voted to destroy the trestle,
without consulting the Parks and Recreation Commission,
without consulting the Historic Landmarks Commission, and
without even waiting for the completion of the public trail-design process this July,
but we are still moving forward, and we have major support:
the entire Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted to support the trestle,
the SCVWD (Water District) is watching the process,
and we have a strong outpouring of support from you in the community!
Here’s an illustration of
how the trestle could be restored
and made into an iconic gateway to Willow Glen:
(Thnx, Jim Ammon!)
And a heartfelt thanks to all of you who wrote to support the trestle!
Over 120 emails were sent to the Council and others!
Many included poetic and profound comments
>here< for letter of support from Rod Diridon Sr. et al at CTRC – train advocates).
You have inspired us to continue the effort to save the trestle!
>> Next steps <<
If you’d like to help
financially, the San José Parks Foundation
has set up a fund to help with trestle preservation and restoration.
click >here< for photo album of trestle thru the years
The City’s own Engineering Study
the trestle is sturdy and readily adaptable to trail use.
See for yourself: take a YouTube tour!
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Read the Editorials in the SJ Mercury News
by L. Ames & H. Chapman (5/8/13), and
by SJMN Editor Barbara Marshman (5/10/13)
see this hidden gem on the Three Creeks Trail / Los Gatos Creek Trail! --
we wish the city would restore it and use it as a grand entryway to Willow Glen!
Contact us if you would like additional information
Larry Ames, Dec. 8, 2013.
* my letter to Council in support of the trestle
* city agenda item 2.17 to fund the trestle removal, 4/9/13
* the Engineering Study commissioned by the City. The study describes the trestle repair in detail, but recommends the steel bridge based solely on a (somewhat faulty) trade matrix and without any consideration of public sentiment or historic value
* an evaluation of the Engineering Study and point-by-point rebuttal by L. Ames, a professional aerospace engineer
* and a YouTube video tour of the trestle from all sides by Dan and Helen Chapman
* representative diagram of trestle repairs (“bent 7”)
* diagram showing height of 100-year flood (“waist-deep”)
* diagram of 100-year flood zones in Willow Glen
* notes by J. Dresden on creosote timbers in creeks, and hazards involved in removing them (5/4/13)
* city memo on shift of BART alignment due to creosote bridge pilings (11/13/07)
* memo by Councilmember Liccardo on hazards of disturbing creosote pilings (11/30/07)
* memo from Councilmember Oliverio asking for a Council study session (5/9/13)
* Editorial in San José Mercury News by L. Ames & H. Chapman (5/8/13)
* Editorial in San José Mercury News by SJMN Editor Barbara Marshman (5/10/13)
* memo from City (Parks PRNS and Dept of Public Works) 5/17/13
* comments by L. Ames in response to City memo 5/30/13
* link to video of NBC-11 segment on trestle, featuring Councilmember Oliverio and WGNA’s Zappelli
* notes to the eList, 4/17/13
* notes to the eList, 4/20/13
* notes to the eList, 5/12/13
* notes to the eList, 5/15/13
* link to City’s presentation on trestle replacement 7/9/13 & 7/17/13
* notes and observations on City’s presentation to Save Our Trails, 7/9/13
* notes and observations on City’s presentation to WGNA, 7/17/13
* letter of support from Rod Diridon Sr., David Ginsborg, and the Calif. Trolley & Rail. Corp, 7/16/13
* editorial in the SJ Merc. News 7/16/13
* Council agenda item 2/22/11 to apply for SCVWD grant for restoration of trestle
* other sites along the Los Gatos Creek that need a bridge (LLA, 7/24/13)
* diagram of Confluence Point
* LLA letter to SJ Council 8/8/13
* LLA talk to SJ Council 8/13/13
* possible concept for completing the Los Gatos Creek Trail from Meridian to Lincoln.
* Sept. 9th presentation on replacement bridge
* letter from Campbell Historic Preservation Boardmember S. Blake 6/9/13
* letter from the Santa Clara County Historical Heritage Cmsn, 9/19/13
* Presentation to the San José Historic Landmarks Cmsn 11/6/13