Highway 101 Bicycle & Pedestrian Overcrossing

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A Bicycle and Pedestrian Overcrossing Spanning Highway 101 

Update: 12.7.22

The refined bridge designs for the Highway 101 Bicycle and Pedestrian Overcrossing were presented to the City’s Design Review Board on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022.

Watch the replay of the Design Review Board meeting


In December 2022, the City will submit 95% Plans, Specifications, and Estimates to Caltrans with the incorporation of Design Review Board input received on Dec. 1, 2022.  The City expects the final design phase to be completed in Fall 2023.  In Spring 2024, the City expects to break ground on construction, which is anticipated to require 2 years to complete.


On April 4, 2022, City staff presented the Highway 101 Bicycle and Pedestrian Overcrossing Project to the Art in Public Places Committee. The presentation will include project background, visual context and rendered designs, discuss potential locations for public art in the project, and receive committee input.


Update: 12.14.21

Watch December 8 Community Meeting


Community Engagement

On December 8, City staff will reported on the design direction received from the Design Review Board and provided the community an opportunity to learn more about this dynamic project. 

On Thursday, November 4, 2021, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Overcrossing's preliminary design was presented to and discussed with the City's Design Review Board (DRB) where the Board approved the cable-stayed bridge design. 

Watch the Nov. 4th Design Review Board meeting.

 Proposed Cable-Stayed Bridge Design

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About the Project
The project would construct a 15.5-feet wide bicycle/pedestrian shared-use overcrossing spanning U.S. 101. This will serve as a connector providing a safer and more comfortable alternative for bicyclists and pedestrians over the freeway between two high-traffic interchanges at College Avenue and Steele Lane. The overcrossing would directly serve the nearby Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) station, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa High School, Coddingtown Mall, and surrounding neighborhoods.

This is a critical link in the east-west bicycle and pedestrian network identified in the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Update 2018.  U.S. 101 presents a physical barrier between east-west access for cyclists and pedestrians in Santa Rosa, creating gaps in the City’s bicycle and pedestrian network and dividing our community.

Project Status  

The development of a bicycle and pedestrian overcrossing project, which would span US Highway 101, south of Steele Lane and north of College Avenue, has been pursued by the City Council since its approval to conduct a feasibility study in 2007.  The overcrossing is a high priority in the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.

The City, along with a partnership with Sonoma County Transportation Authority (SCTA) and Caltrans completed the Project Initial Document (PID). The PID evaluated design variations and developed project evaluation documentation. In addition, the PID documents identified the project scope, schedule, and support costs necessary to complete the needed studies for the Project Approval and Environmental Document (PA&ED) phase. 

In June 2017, BKF Engineers was hired to complete the PA&ED phase for the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) clearance, subsequent to the PID phase.

This multi-year project will continue to work with Caltrans to develop and complete the Project Approval and Environmental Document (PA&ED) phase of work. The PA&ED phase will identify the Caltrans approved alignment through preliminary engineering and meet environmental clearance requirements. Once the PA&ED phase is completed, the next phase will enter the Project Plans, Specifications, and Estimation (PS&E).

In March 2021, following a robust analysis of the environmental clearance phase, Caltrans selected and approved the Edwards-Elliott build alternative for the project.

In June 2021, $12M in Active Transportation Program (ATP) federal funding was awarded by Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) for the construction of the project. BKF was hired (again) to provide design and right of way services for the project.

For more information please contact:

Lisa Welsh
Supervising Engineer
[email protected]

Project Schedule

Environmental Phase Complete March 2021
Design Start May 2021
Design Completion February 2024
Construction Start September 2024*
Construction Complete June 2026
  * Pending available funding

Watch the Recorded Neighborhood Meeting for the Highway 101 Bicycle and Pedestrian Overcrossing Project  (July 21, 2021)

Watch the Replay for the Community Meeting on June 30, 2020
To discuss the draft environmental document findings: English | Spanish

Community Meetings

Project Approval and Environmental Document

Project Study Report - Project Development Support

Final Feasibility Study 2010