Kings Village Sidewalk Project and Tree Removal Update
Many residents have asked about the large trees that were removed this week on Kings Village Road. They were removed to install a new sidewalk that will improve pedestrian safety. The existing trees were lifting the adjacent asphalt and are located directly in the path of the new sidewalk. Additionally, a retaining wall will need to be installed and some areas may need to be widened to accommodate utilities like PG&E. This means that we may not be able to install replacement trees. Staff will be looking at all options and will advise the community if is a way to install any replacement trees.
Other residents have asked why the sidewalk was installed on the south side of the street instead of the north. Staff did evaluate the north side; however, to do this the City must obtain an easement from all private property owners. Not all private owners agreed. Another important point is that if the Town Center is developed, the developer, not the City would be responsible for the cost of installing infrastructure like sidewalks, curbs and gutters on the north side of the street.
Additionally, the sidewalk installation project was originally much larger in scope and encompassed both sides of Kings Village Road and parts of Blue Bonnet Lane. However, due to high construction costs, the project scope was narrowed to the south side of Kings Village.
If you have any questions, please contact Public Works at (831) 438-5854.