Bumpy Negro Bar bike trail to get smoothed out

Portions of the bike trail through Negro Bar will be undergoing some much-needed smoothing thanks to a nonprofit group and California State Parks.

Walkers, bike riders and joggers will appreciate the trail fix along the north shore of Lake Natoma when the work on the trail is completed. Much of the area suffers from bumps from tree roots, potholes, poor drainage and sand buildup.

Friends of Lakes Folsom and Natoma (FOLFAN) and State Parks will repair about 1,300 linear feet of trail in three areas. Work will be done on both trail pavement and shoulders.

Dirt shoulders along the pavement will be built up again for pedestrians and joggers to safely pass.

New striping will be painted on the trail pavement and some new bollards installed.

“The damage to the trail in many cases is so extensive that is has become a real safety issue,” FOLFAN spokesman Jim Cassio said on the group’s website.

The project, which is scheduled to begin Nov. 3, will focus on three areas of the main trail: along the main Negro Bar parking lot, the slope and low point east of the parking lot, and a set of drainage culverts near the main picnic area.

The trail will be closed through portions of Negro Bar. Signs will offer detours.

Most of the repair funding comes from sponsorships of the Adopt-the-Parkway program administered by FOLFAN. The Adopt-the-Parkway program at the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area extends along 15 miles of paved trail from the Hazel Avenue Bridge to Beal’s Point, along the north and south sides of Lake Natoma.

At each mile on the trail, program signs identify volunteer stewards and financial partners.

Funds from the program in the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area are used to support the parkway. For more information, visit www.folfan.org.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.