Rail Corridor officially to open as a ‘Trail’
It may have looked like belaboring the obvious, but El Dorado County Supervisors on Oct. 1 decided to call the trail that follows the old railroad route from Missouri Flat Road to the county line an actual “trail.” Toward that end, the board directed county staff to prepare an ordinance formally declaring the trail to be open to the public — but with limitations on how the public may use the space known officially as the Sacramento-Placerville Transportation Corridor.
Basically, motorized vehicles whether motorcycles, ATVs or Off Highway Vehicles will be banned along the entire length of the corridor and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department will have the heretofore non-specified authority to enforce such an ordinance. District 2 Supervisor Ray Nutting, whose district includes much of the corridor, told fellow supervisors that noise from off-road vehicles has become a major nuisance to residents with property adjacent to the route. He described trying to talk to constituents recently but being interrupted by excessively loud motorcycles and dirt bikes. He also said those vehicles are responsible for destruction of some of the roadbed.
Without restrictive legislation, “the sheriff can’t enforce anything,” Nutting said.
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