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New Waterway Bike/Walk Path Coming to Unincorporated Covina

Sights along the way include Irwindale’s stately Guadalupe Church and the Citrus Spreading Grounds.

The eastern terminus of the Vincent Community Bikeway’s route along the Big Dalton Wash, at Citrus Avenue, looking West. Credit: Chris Greenspon/SBLA

Construction is now underway for another SGV Greenway project along the Big Dalton Wash in the unincorporated community of Vincent. Vincent is one of the “Covina Islands,” located between Covina and Irwindale. Greenway path completion is anticipated for Spring 2024.

The zigzagging 3 mile Vincent Community Bikeway will span from Citrus Avenue in the East (not far from bike lanes to Downtown Covina), to the less industrial southern tip of Irwindale Avenue in the West (close to the West Covina Civic Center). 

About half of the bikeway will run along the Big Dalton flood control channel itself. The rest of the design provides on-street protected bike lanes (protected with bollards) on three streets: Arrow Highway, Irwindale Avenue, and Lark Ellen Avenue. Crosswalk improvements and pocket parks will be part of the project.

A rendering of the Lark Ellen Ave entrance to the Vincent Community Bikeway, looking west. Courtesy of Los Angeles County Department of Public Works

Overall, this project should provide some relief from the heavy traffic on Arrow, though considering Arrow’s high concentration of working class jobs, hopefully east-west bike lanes could be installed there in the future.

L.A. County Department of Public Works Project Manager Chuck Vosicka says the project’s $8.1 million cost estimate is fully funded. Public Works spokesperson Steven Frasher adds “The Vincent Community Bikeway encourages active transportation choices while making use of Flood Control District rights-of-way, together with local streets, as pieces of a wider network of Greenways and Bikeways that connect LA County communities and encourage healthy lifestyles.”

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