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Soil remediation planned along Greenway Trail extension

WHITTIER  — The City Council Feb. 24 amended its 2014-15 budget to include a $200,000 grant from the state Department of Toxic Substances Control, which will be used for remediation of contaminated soil along the Greenway Trail extension.

In a report to the council, Assistant City Manager Nancy Mendez said the 2.3 miles of abandoned Union Pacific right-of-way was purchased in June 2013 to extend the Greenway Trail bike and pedestrian path from where it ends at Mills Avenue east to First Avenue.

Contamination was found in the soil between Cole Road and Santa Gertrudes Avenue near Leffingwell Creek and remediation was required to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act.

A remediation plan was compiled by a consultant firm, Geocon. That plan was approved by the appropriate state and county agencies in February 2014. Remediation work is pending and may be done later this year, Mendez said.

The current Greenway Trail extends about 4.5 miles from Pioneer Boulevard between Beverly and Whittier Whittier boulevards southeast to the intersection of Lambert Road and Mills Avenue.

The 2.3-mile extension from Mills to First Avenue would bring the trail to within one-half mile of Whittier’s east city limits, near Valley Home Drive. Grants are being sought to purchase the final one-half mile, Mendez said.

Adjoining cities to the east are thinking of extending the trial through their communities, she added.

In a related item Feb. 24, the City Council approved a tract map creating 55 parcels along Mar Vista Street along with easement dedications for future street widening and easement access to the adjoining Greenway Trail.

The tract map shows the layout of 55 townhomes planned along Mar Vista near Whittier Boulevard.