Council Votes To Begin Process Of Selling Stillwater, Will Close Riverside Drive To Vehicles

According to a council report, it will soon average 37 seconds longer to commute into Downtown Redding. That is, for those who use Riverside Drive. The city council voted Tuesday night to close the route to vehicular traffic, in favor of bicycles and pedestrians. Traffic could be bumped as soon as next Summer on Riverside Drive between Court Street and Center Street as the city moves to connect the Diestelhorst Bridge to the river trail system and complete the loop from Dana Drive to Downtown, the Sundial Bridge and west to Shasta Dam. Plans call for adding a paved trail to the existing trail system, and striping to define pedestrian and bike lanes. New electronic crossing signals will also be added at Riverside and Court. Dave Moore is the District Two Director of Cal-Trans, which employs 150 people on Riverside Drive. He says walking to the nearby river trail system is nearly impossible because of the nearly 3500 vehicles that drive that stretch of road every day. Most of the money for the $2.6 Million project will come from state grants with about $100,000 coming from local street funds. Also, after a closed session at the end of the meeting, City Attorney Barry Dewalt announced that the City Manager will begin the process of selling the Stillwater Business Park in it’s entirety to the Pannattoni Development Company. The shovel-ready park has cost taxpayers many millions since it opened to great fanfare in 2010.

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