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Puente Creek Bike Path Coming to La Puente, Valinda, and City of Industry

The Puente Creek Bikeway will provide a safe alternative to busy Amar Road between the area’s main north-south arterials, Hacienda Boulevard and Azusa Avenue.

2:36 PM PST on December 5, 2023

Pedestrians walk on Hacienda Boulevard in La Puente beside the Puente Creek Flood Control Channel, the future site of the entrance to the Puente Creek Bikeway, a shared use path. Credit: Chris Greenspon/SBLA

Here’s another incoming addition to the 130 mile SGV Greenway Network: the Puente Creek Bikeway. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in fiscal year 2025-2026 and Los Angeles County Public Works says it will take about a year to complete. The price tag is $12 million, and the project is funded by the state Active Transportation Program and the California Natural Resources Agency.

When it’s done, residents of La Puente and Valinda will have a 2.2 mile facility to bike, walk, and scoot along between the busy shopping areas on Hacienda Boulevard and Amar Road in the west and the Filipino Plaza at Azusa Avenue and Amar in the east.

The project boundaries of the Puente Creek Bikeway, a mixed-used path to be built through La Puente, Industry, and Valinda.

The walk/bike path will run for 1.8 miles along the Puente Creek Flood Control Channel, starting at Hacienda Blvd. just north of Loukelton Street. It will continue until Rimgrove Drive (and Rimgrove Park) in the unincorporated community of Valinda.

The east end of the bikeway drops to a bike route, with 0.4 miles of sharrows along Rimgrove and onto Witzman Drive up to Amar Road. It ends just shy of the high traffic intersection at Amar and Azusa in West Covina.

The future western entrance to the Puente Creek Bikeway, Hacienda Boulevard, looking east. Credit: Chris Greenspon/SBLA
The Puente Creek Flood Control Channel at Del Valle Avenue, looking east. Credit: Chris Greenspon/SBLA
The Puente Creek Flood Control Channel at Echelon Avenue in City of Industry, looking west. Credit: Chris Greenspon/SBLA
The Puente Creek Flood Control Channel at Helmsdale Avenue in Valinda, looking west. Credit: Chris Greenspon/SBLA
The Puente Creek Flood Control Channel at Valinda Avenue, looking west. Credit: Chris Greenspon/SBLA
The future site of a signalized pedestrian crossing on Valinda Avenue, along the route for the Puente Creek Bikeway, looking west. Credit: Chris Greenspon/SBLA
The end of the shared-use portion of the Puente Creek Bikeway at Rimgrove Avenue, looking west. Credit: Chris Greenspon/SBLA
Rimgrove Park on Rimgrove Avenue in Valinda, a useful rest stop on the route for the Puente Creek Bikeway. Credit: Chris Greenspon/SBLA
The final leg of the Puente Creek Bikeway, Witzman Drive in Valinda, will be a bike route marked with sharrows. Credit: Chris Greenspon/SBLA

L.A. County Public Works Senior Project Manager Lisa Wuong told La Puente City Council when she presented a project update in late October ‘23, “because the bike trail and pedestrian trail is kept separated from vehicular traffic, we see this as a part of a network where kids can walk to school and safer spaces. We want to bolster equity in our communities.” 

The route could be used by students from Workman High School, Sierra Vista Middle School, Grandview Middle School, and Wing Lane Elementary.

The project will include a new pedestrian crossing signal and rest stop where the creek path crosses Valinda Avenue. Various typical features will be installed: benches, wayfinding signage, landscaping, fencing on the flood channel, and decorative wrought iron access gates that lock on a timer.

The project includes a few additional off-creek features to help make neighborhood streets better for walking. LACDPW is planning two speed tables at intersections one block south of the creek path: both on Loukelton - at Del Valle Avenue and Echelon Avenue.

The intersection of Loukelton Street and Del Valle Avenue in La Puente, where a speed table will be added as part of the Puente Creek Bikeway project. Credit: Chris Greenspon/SBLA

Coordinating access to the path between La Puente, the county (Valinda), and the brief stretch of Industry it will pass through was the only quibble from any of La Puente’s council members, in this case, David Argudo.

“I think this is a great idea, but how's it gonna work when [...] La Puente wants to open it from, say, eight in the morning to eight at night, Industry has it open all night, and the county has it from 12 to 12?” asked Argudo. 

“I think the best way to handle that is probably with some signage.” said Wuong. Note that the gates would still allow people out once locked.

Wuong also told the council no right-of-way acquisitions would have to be made, only “paper easements” wherein Public Works would need 12 property owners to grant permission for the bike path to operate along the flood control channel. “There will be no changes to the existing property lines,” said Wuong. 

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