California: Solvang bike lane project put on hold due to costs

The Solvang City Council on Monday chose to postpone the Mission Drive bike lane project that would remove some or all of the parallel parking along the road and wait until the Santa Ynez Valley Bicycle Master Plan is completed.

During last year’s July 23 meeting, in a 3-2 decision, councilors voted to eliminate parking on the south side of Mission Drive from Nykobing Street to Pine Street and to consider adding bike lanes to both sides.

Because the decision was made after the budget was passed, Public Works Director Matt van der Linden said the city hired a consultant to do a preliminary cost estimate for the project.

He said the cost was much higher than anyone anticipated – $230,000 to remove 21 parallel parking spaces on the south side of Mission Drive or $173,000 to remove 57 parallel parking spaces on both sides of the street.