The San Diego Association of Governments announced Friday that the San Diego region will receive roughly $16 million to improve infrastructure for bicyclists and pedestrians.
The California Transportation Commission selected four projects in San Diego County in its 2019 Active Transportation Program regional competition. They will received $15.85 million in funding over four years.
The projects are funded via federal and state sources and allocated in the state budget, according to SANDAG.
Nearly $6 million will go toward projects in the cities of Escondido and National City. The commission allocated roughly $750,000 for the Escondido Creek Trail Transit Center Bicycle Path Improvements Project. The plan will re-make a 1.6-mile stretch of the trail and add elements such as lighting, crosswalks and signage.
About $5.2 million will be used in National City to build a cycle track and multi-use trail between the U.S. Navy base at 32nd Street and Southwestern Community College’s satellite city campus.
Another $9.9 million will be doled out to a biking infrastructure project that SANDAG oversees and the agency’s GO by BIKE San Diego program. The program is an effort to spread awareness of the benefits of bike riding as a primary form of transportation.
The University Bikeway Project will add three miles of dedicated bikeway along University and Estrella avenues.
Local transportation planning agencies and organizations have competed in the statewide and regional competitions since their inaugural year in 2014. Almost $150 million has funded 50 projects designed to improve access to so-called “active transportation” methods.
– City News Service
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