On Saturday morning, a crowd of trail-lovers will gather to celebrate the opening of the sleek new Stevens Creek Trail bridge over Moffett Boulevard.
For several weeks, locals traversing Moffett Boulevard have watched the huge steel catwalk go up next to Highway 85. The bright blue, 482-foot bridge cost $3.4 million and was prefabricated in four sections.
The Saturday morning dedication will be followed by an hour-long guided trail walk, culminating with another dedication -- this time for the new trail extension from El Camino Real to Sleeper Avenue, which opened to the public in late February.
The 2,700-foot trail extension cost $1.1 million, including a smaller bridge over the creek at Sleeper Avenue, and connects residents south of El Camino Real to the much-loved trail.
Bikers and pedestrians there previously had to navigate busy El Camino Real to reach the trail, but the extension -- and the tunnel under El Camino, which was finished last year -- fixes that. It's now possible to walk or bike from Cuesta Park to Shoreline Park and encounter only one street crossing, at Grant Road.
"It's the best thing ever," a Los Altos resident told the Voice soon after the extension opened.
The first ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Then At 10:30, the Friends of Stevens Creek Trail will begin the one-hour guided walk, 2.5 miles long, to Sleeper Avenue, where the city will dedicate the extension south of El Camino Real at 11:30 a.m.