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For Immediate Release: 5/10/2018

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Portion of Coastal Trail at Half Moon Bay State Beach to be Closed to Public During Bridge Replacement Project


Jake Bentley   I   Park Maintenance Chief   I   (650) 726-8818
Elise Fleishman   I     State Parks Interpreter   I   (831) 335-1743

– California State Parks is replacing the Frenchman’s Creek Bridge located on the Coastal Trail at Half Moon Bay State Beach. This project is expected to begin on Monday, May 14 and will take approximately three to four weeks to complete.

During construction, this section of the Coastal Trail is closed to public access. On Monday and potentially Tuesday, a complete park closure will occur to accommodate heavy equipment transfers. Afterwards, a detour will link pedestrian and bicycle access (see directions below). The remaining trail and surrounding area will remain open during construction. 

The existing weathered bridge is approaching its life expectancy and is being replaced with a more corrosion resistant, aluminum bridge. Funding for this project is provided by California State Parks.

Please direct questions or comments to Stay updated by following the park via Facebook @HalfMoonBayStateBeach and via Instagram @HalfMoonBaySB. 


North of Frenchman’s Creek: Detour at Young Ave (Dunes Beach kiosk) onto the dirt trail. Follow the dirt trail south to Sweetwood group camp. Turn left (east) on the Sweetwood Trail. Turn right (south) on the Naomi Partridge Bike Trail along Highway 1. Turn right (west) onto Venice Blvd. Turn left (south) on the Coastal Trail. 

South of Frenchman’s Creek: Detour at Venice Blvd. (Venice Beach Kiosk). Turn right (east) on Venice Blvd. Turn left (north) at the Naomi Partridge Bike Trail along Highway 1. Turn left (west) onto Sweetwood Trail. Turn right (north) onto dirt trail and pick up the Coastal Trail at the Dunes Beach Kiosk.

Coastal Trail Rerout: Frenchman's Creek Bridge Replacement Project

About Half Moon Bay State Beach
Four miles of broad, sandy beaches stretch out to welcome visitors to Half Moon Bay. This picturesque setting is ideal for sunbathing, fishing and picnicking. A campground provides accommodations for those who wish to visit longer.


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