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Council of Governments awards $7.5 million for local transportation projects

Funding will go to two projects in Paso Robles

– This week, the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) has awarded $7.5 million to local communities for transportation projects that improve safety, mobility, access and public health. This money was made available through the agency’s new Competitive Community Improvement Grants program, designed to provide cities and the county across the region with competitive funding that supports system mobility by making transportation safer and more convenient by bike, on foot, by bus and by car. SLOCOG received 17 applications requesting more than $11 million.

Prizes will go to ten capital projects, two comprehensive street corridor plans, an action plan for the region and planning tools, described below:

Agency: City of Paso Robles
Project: Flamson Safe Route to School safety project
Prize amount: $750,000
Description: This project will provide essential pedestrian and cyclist safety improvements around Flamson Middle School and at the intersection of 24th Street and Spring Street. The project will reconfigure 24th Street to include: buffered bike lanes, a new drop-off area, sidewalk extensions for narrow crosswalks, new street lighting and improved fast-blink beacon crossings – and improve operations by providing a phase of pedestrian driving. On Spring Street, improvements will include a new pedestrian ramp at 26th Street and buffered bike lane strips.

Agency: City of Paso Robles
Project: North River Road Bike Connector
Prize amount: $350,000
Description: This project will advance the design and implementation of the city’s Grand Loop trail by connecting a Class I trail gap between existing terminals at Union Road and Experimental Station Road.

Agency: City of Atascadero
Project: El Camino Real Downtown Infrastructure Improvement Project
Scholarship amount: $750
Description: This project will transform the downtown corridor of El Camino Real into a two-lane road with additional parking, flexible use space, bike lanes and landscaped/refuge areas. Improvements for cyclists and pedestrians will include painted bike lanes, shared lane markings, sidewalk extensions, high-visibility crosswalks and a hybrid pedestrian headlight.

Agency: City of Arroyo Grande
Project: Safe Route Improvements to Halcyon Road Schools (Fair Oaks to The Pike)
Prize amount: $749,000
Description: This project will reduce traffic lanes to one lane in each direction on South Halcyon Road to allow for pedestrian improvements and Class II buffered cycling facilities between Fair Oaks Avenue and The Pike, including the replacement of unused ramps. compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the installation of two pedestrian crossings with rapid flashing lights. The project is building some of the improvements identified in the Halcyon Complete Streets Plan.

Agency: Town of Grover Beach
Project: West Grand Multimodal Improvements (Gap Closure)
Prize amount: $1.5 million
Description: This project includes landscaped medians, sidewalk improvements, road reconstruction, bike paths, decorative concrete, landscaping and lighting along a portion of West Grand Avenue, the the city’s main commercial corridor. The project aims to improve vehicular, pedestrian and cyclist safety while providing critical infrastructure for housing and business development on West Grand Avenue. The project combines local affordable housing goals with efforts to reduce vehicle travel and associated greenhouse gas emissions.

Agency: Town of Morro Bay
Project: Multimodal Intersection Safety and Accessibility Improvements (Main Street and Quintana Road)
Prize amount: $490,000
Description: This project will incorporate multimodal and safety improvements at the intersection of Main Street and Quintana Road, including many ADA improvements. Improvements and upgrades will include: curb ramps, adjoining sidewalks, audible push buttons, pedestrian signal heads, traffic signal software, timers, strips and pavement restoration.

Agency: City of San Luis Obispo
Project: Complete improvements to the streets of Higuera and closure of safe routes to school
Prize amount: $750,000
Description: This project includes comprehensive street improvements along the Higuera Street corridor from Los Osos Valley Road north to Marsh Street. Improvements include the addition of Class IV protected bike lanes on Higuera Street and Madonna Road, ADA pedestrian and crossing improvements throughout, traffic calming and guide signage on segments of neighborhood greenways, and a new hybrid pedestrian beacon for safer passage for pedestrians and cyclists at the South and King Street intersection.

Agency: City of San Luis Obispo
Project: California Boulevard and Taft Street Roundabout (Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Improvements)
Prize amount: $750,000
Description: This project involves the construction of a single lane urban roundabout at California Boulevard and Taft Street. Improvements include excavation and paving of the roadway, connections between sidewalks and Class I bicycle paths, drainage and stormwater treatment, lighting and landscaping. The project aims to improve traffic flow, reduce traffic congestion and emissions, mitigate ongoing collision trends, improve connectivity and safety for active transportation users, and create an attractive and welcoming gateway to the California Polytechnic State University.

Agency: San Luis Obispo County
Project: Los Berros to Dale left turn and bike lanes (closing the gap)
Prize amount: $375,000
Description: This project involves the widening of Los Berros Road to accommodate Class II cycleways from Quailwood Lane to North Frontage Road in South County, a continuation of the previously constructed Class II cycleways between Pomeroy Road and Quailwood Lane. At Los Berros and Dale Avenue, the widening will allow westbound traffic to turn left from Los Berros Road onto Dale Avenue, improving westbound traffic on Los Berros Road.

Agency: San Luis Obispo County
Study: Los Osos Valley Highway Multimodal Corridor Study (Los Osos)
Prize amount: $150,000
Description: This study will develop the construction vision for the transportation corridor between Foothill Boulevard and Rodman Drive, with a focus on preferred alternatives for intersection improvements and refinement of multimodal segments. The planning effort aims to identify and prioritize infrastructure needs that increase safe mobility choices.

Agency: San Luis Obispo County
Study: Pier Avenue Multimodal Corridor Study (Oceano)
Prize amount: $150,000
Description: This study will identify multimodal access and safety improvements while optimizing and improving parking, bike lanes, switches and other existing improvements.

Agency: SLOCOG
Tools: planning tools
Prize amount: $229,000
Description: Planning tools to aid in modeling, counting, forecasting and aerial imagery.

Agency: SLOCOG Regional Ridesharing Division
Project: Bike Locker Upgrades
Prize amount: $250,000
Description: This project will upgrade an aging network of 40 bike lockers with new on-demand models that will increase security, expand access and remove barriers to use. The old lockers will be removed and replaced with perforated steel models bookable by the hour via card or phone app. Vendor usage data indicates that on-demand lockers serve 5-7 times more riders in a year compared to non-shared systems. The system upgrade also reduces annual maintenance and operating costs by $11,000 to $6,000, supporting an additional 20 to 25 years of useful product life and saving $100,000 over time. .

Agency: SLOCOG
Twinning of studies: regional analysis of the equity of safe routes for all and financing action plan
Prize amount: $100,000
Description: This funding will be used as regional matching funding to leverage up to $400,000 for the planning study. The study will analyze existing jurisdiction-specific data, identify common infrastructure priorities in and around regionally defined disadvantaged communities, establish a disadvantaged community index for transportation, and establish assessment thresholds/criteria to help guide regional discretionary fund programming.

“SLOCOG is working hard to increase mobility choices in the region – such as walking, cycling, public transport and employer carpools – so that more people can get around without using a car,” said the SLOCOG programming director, Richard Murphy. “With the support of local elected officials, SLOCOG member agencies have planned a multitude of transportation improvements in their communities using Complete Streets principles, which consider all types of transportation users. And our new grant program is one of many new funding opportunities that have emerged from the increased investments we are seeing in transportation at the state and federal levels.

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