On Wednesday, January 8th, the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) awarded more than $152 million to local jurisdictions for a wide variety of street improvements, expanded freeway interchanges, and active transportation improvements for bicyclists and pedestrians. Funding for the projects comes from the voter-approved Measure A sales tax program, state gas tax revenue, and two federal funding sources.
“This truly shows the value of the Measure A program,” said RCTC Chair Marion Ashley, a County Supervisor. Every part of the county is receiving funding that will improve mobility and create needed jobs.” “More importantly, having a local funding source enables us to stretch federal transportation dollars to build more projects,” Ashley added.
A total of 33 projects will receive funding during the next two years and 18 local jurisdictions including local cities, the county of Riverside, and the Riverside Transit Agency will move forward with the various projects.
The funding decision comes after local jurisdictions were invited to apply for funding in September. A total of 55 projects were submitted requesting a total of $282 million in funding. The Technical Advisory Committee consisting of public works professionals from jurisdictions around the county evaluated the proposals and made the comprehensive recommendations for funding to the Commission. The Commission ratified the recommendations with a unanimous vote.
The City of Riverside submitted applications for funding and was approved for several projects, including:
- The Magnolia Avenue Widening Project will increase the capacity of this important arterial roadway by increasing capacity from 4 lanes to 6 lanes by narrowing the median between Buchanan Street and Banbury Drive.
- The Magnolia Avenue Signal Interconnect Project is a project to replace the existing outdated copper wire interconnect with a fiber optic communication line from Buchanan Street to Third Street to ensure traffic signal synchronization well into the future.
- The Downtown Metrolink Crossing Study, a Preliminary Engineering study to look at alternatives for pedestrians and bicyclists to cross the SR-91, connecting the Riverside Metrolink Station to the Downtown Riverside area.
- The Santa Ana River Trail Path Project planned to construct a multi-use path along the existing bicycle trail to accommodate pedestrians and other trail users from Martha Mclean Anza Narrows Park to Fairmount Park.
- The Santa Ana River Bicycle Trail Realignment Project which would realign portions of the existing Class I bicycle path to improve visibility around the vertical and horizontal curves of the trail behind Grassy Trail Drive.
- The Bicycle Share Program which would install four bicycle stations at key destinations such as the Metrolink Station, the Downtown area, and the University of California, Riverside, to promote bicycle usage.
- The Bruce Street Sidewalk improvement Project which will install new sidewalk on Bruce Street from Adair Avenue to Lake Street to accommodate pedestrians and students walking to and from Terrace Elementary School.
- The SR-91/Adams Interchange Study, a Preliminary Engineering study to reconstruct the SR-91 Adams Street interchange to alleviate traffic congestion.
These projects will provide significant improvements to major thoroughfares and recreational trails that will provide for greater efficiency in goods movement and potentially new opportunities for active transportation, both for bicycle commuters and recreational users. Timing for the projects will vary from one to three years based on the required federal approvals needed for each specific project.
To read the full press release from RCTC, click here.