Oct. 4, 2011 | Bill Lockyer’s dream of creating a recreational trail one day encompassing the entire Bay Area, received another link in the chain Tuesday as the Alameda County Board of Supervisors approved a pact with the City of Oakland to begin work at the High Street Bridge.

The over 500-mile Bay Trail will one day soon be connected under and around the High Street Bridge. The cooperative agreement unanimously approved Tuesday by the board comes at no cost to the county. Funding for the project comes from an initiative approved by Oakland residents in 2002 allotting $53 million for improvements to the Bay Trail and other park projects.

According to a staff report, the project will widen an existing catwalk beneath the bridge and connect it to land giving current users of the Bay Trail around the High Street Bridge a continuous route.The compact was needed in part because the county owns and maintains the existing catwalk and drawbridge.