A six-mile bike and pedestrian path connecting the mountains of the Ojai Valley to the ocean in Ventura is almost ready as crews near the final month of construction.
Work crews smoothed the dirt flanking portions of the Ventura River Trail on Wednesday as cyclists sped past.
The $4.5-million project linking the Ojai Valley Trail with the Omer Rains Trail in Ventura is scheduled for completion in September.
Ventura City Engineer Rick Raives said a grand opening celebration is being planned for the end of next month and may include a bicycle or running race.
Many key elements to the trail, which follows the now-defunct Southern Pacific railroad right of way, will not be added until the last minute, Raives said.