DEL REY OAKS – A ballot measure that would block a trail project through Del Rey Oaks is lagging in early returns with only 47.8% of the votes needed for passage. “No” on the citizen initiative comes at 52.2%.
As of 8 p.m., Tuesday 439 votes had been counted. A simple majority, more than 50% of the vote, is needed to pass the measure.
Measure B, if passed would halt the currently planned 1.5-mile segment of the Fort Ord Regional Trail and Greenway project running through Del Rey Oaks. The project is part of the envisioned 28-mile bicycle and pedestrian Fort Ord Regional Trail and Greenway that would connect open space, neighborhood communities and the existing Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail.
The citizen initiative came about in response to the proposed FORTAG project.
The segment on Canyon Del Rey Boulevard — also known as Highway 218 — is Phase I of the project, funded by a $10.3 million state grant and $2 million in Transportation Agency for Monterey County Measure X money.
Measure X was created to fund transportation safety and mobility projects in Monterey County and was approved by 67.7% of voters in November 2016.
The planned Phase I segment runs from Laguna Grande Park crossing Fremont Boulevard, running next to the Safeway store, through Work Memorial Park, around the tennis courts, next to the butterfly garden, along Angelus Way, to a planned underpass at Canyon Del Rey Boulevard, to the Frog Pond Wetland Preserve and up Carlton Drive to Plumas Avenue and ending at Del Rey Woods Elementary School.
But the ballot measure could potentially derail that plan.
Measure B would restrict the placement of formal bike trails or recreation trails in the city to Canyon Del Rey Boulevard, General Jim Moore Boulevard and South Boundary Road, while also prohibiting the city from agreeing to or constructing any tunnel under Highway 218 to access the Frog Pond Wetland Preserve.
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