Where the sidewalk ends along Bluebonnet Lane in Scotts Valley.
Where the sidewalk ends along Bluebonnet Lane in Scotts Valley. It will be extended soon under a plan the city council approved this week.
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Pedestrian-troubling Scotts Valley street Bluebonnet Lane to get sidewalk extension soon

Some 430 feet of sidewalk missing from the southern side of the street — starting at its intersection with Bean Creek Road — will be filled in.

Bluebonnet Lane, a source of concern for Scotts Valley pedestrians and bicyclists, will get a new segment of sidewalk after pleas from residents.

Some 430 feet of sidewalk missing from the southern side of the road — at its intersection with Bean Creek Road — will be filled in, thanks to $70,400 in state transportation funds the city will tap.

The project was part of the city’s Active Transportation Plan, which was formally adopted in March and sets a roadmap for making Scotts Valley more pedestrian- and bicyclist-friendly.

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Bluebonnet Lane (street signs identify the street as “Blue Bonnet” but maps and city officials refer to it using one word) is in a residential area near the Montevalle senior living community, Cavallaro Transit Center and SkyPark.

For months, residents have complained of unsafe conditions due, at least in part, to the missing chunk of sidewalk and the mix of bike pedestrian and car traffic that it creates.

In March, the city posted a call for bids from companies to do the work. On Wednesday, the city council voted to hire Silicon Valley Paving for the $64,000 project, which will be complete within two months from when the contract is formalized. The city built a $10,000 contingency into the budget, hence the $70,400 price tag.