Closed area marked in red.

Friday, October 6, 2017

The San Mateo County Parks Department will close the south half of the Sawyer Camp segment of Crystal Springs Regional Trail at the Crystal Springs entrance weekdays from Monday, October 9 through Friday, October 27 for public safety due to construction activity at the nearby Crystal Springs Replacement Bridge project site.

The closure will be in effect from the Crystal Springs entrance to the gate just beyond the Jepson Laurel at the trail’s approximate midpoint. The trail’s north half will be open, dawn to dusk, from the entrance at the end of Hillcrest Boulevard. The entire trail will be open for public use on the weekends, beginning Friday evening October 13, 5 p.m. through Sunday, October 15, 6 p.m. and Friday evening, October 20, 5 p.m. through Sunday, October 22, 6 p.m.

Cyclists wanting thru access should use alternate routes during this period. 

About the Crystal Springs Replacement Project

The Crystal Springs Dam Bridge Replacement Project is under the jurisdiction of the County of San Mateo’s Public Works Department, and a relocation of the high voltage power lines by PG&E is pending. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission owns the Lower Crystal Springs Dam below the new bridge and is working with both San Mateo County and PG&E to protect the dam and associated dam utilities and access.

The bridge replacement project follows the 2014 completion of several SFPUC Water System Improvement projects to upgrade the Lower Crystal Springs Dam and other nearby facilities. Before the SFPUC began those projects, the County of San Mateo demolished the previous 1920s bridge because it had been determined seismically unsafe and in need of replacement. The Crystal Springs Bridge Replacement Project, scheduled for completion in early 2018, will be followed by PG&E’s installation of high-voltage cables to replace existing overhead transmission towers. The bridge reopening is currently scheduled for August 2018. 

Learn more at the Department of Public Works website.