Caltrans Announced The First Of Local Planning Grants

Caltrans Announced The First Of Local Planning Grants  

Caltrans announced today that the first planning grants funded through the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2014 (SB 1) have been awarded to local agencies to support their efforts to plan more sustainable communities, reduce transportation-related greenhouse gases and adapt for the effects of climate change. Among the grants awarded were nearly $25 million in Sustainable Community grants to 43 local and regional land use planning projects. These planning grants will provide funding to support regional sustainable community strategies and ultimately achieve the state’s greenhouse gas reductions targets.  Among projects awarded funding are; The Valley Springs Complete Streets Capital Infrastructure Plan & Project Prioritization.The project is a collaborative partnership of the School, Caltrans, CHP, Calaveras Council of Governments, Calaveras County, and community.   Also included in the funding was the Angels Camp Main Street/highway 49 Complete Streets & Copello Road Pedestrian Connector project.  This will identify and address critical gaps in multimodal connectivity between existing and planned facilities along highways 49 and 4 and provide access to low-income communities in northern Angels Camp.  The final local project to receive funding this round is the Pope Street Infrastructure & Safe Routes Gap Fill Plan

The project includes development of an infrastructure plan for a bicycle and pedestrian facility along Pope Street and Lewis Avenue in San Andreas as well as improvements needed for a safe connection to the San Andreas Elementary School from highway 49.  In total, SB 1 will provide more than $270 million in planning grants for local communities over the next decade.

 

Written by KVGC Staff

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