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Funds flow to Riverside County for transportation projects

 

Last updated 6/8/2018 at 12:40pm



RIVERSIDE – Nearly $900,000 in state grants will be awarded for research and studies on easing traffic congestion and developing neighborhood- friendly travel corridors in Riverside County, it was announced recently.

The California Department of Transportation said the latest round of Sustainable Communities Grants totaled $31 million, which has been earmarked for cities, counties, joint powers authorities and other entities throughout the state.

“These grants will provide much-needed funding to support the efforts by local and regional agencies to improve transportation in their communities,” Caltrans Director Laurie Berman said. “Planning is a crucial first step in creating projects that can ultimately lead to more long-lasting transportation improvements throughout the state.”

Projects covered under the allotments are supposed to largely focus on current state mandates of cutting greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 – and 80 percent below the 1990 benchmark by 2050, according to Caltrans.

The largest grant in Riverside County – $344,900 – will be furnished to the Western Riverside Council of Governments for its “Subregional Climate Action Plan,” which emphasizes land-use projects that put downward pressure on greenhouse gas emissions.

The city of Menifee has been awarded a $258,075 grant to fund planning for expansion of bike and pedestrian paths that will function as “key linkages” throughout the municipality, according to Caltrans.

Moreno Valley has been awarded a $154,927 sum for its “Dracaea Avenue Neighborhood Greenway Corridor Study,” which will examine the practicalities of establishing multi-use trails, bike paths and “safe routes to school” for children using the roughly five-mile corridor, officials said.

The Riverside County Department of Transportation is receiving $133,000 under the grant program for research on development of a “Multi-Modal Transit” project centered on a seven-mile stretch of state Route 74 between Lake Elsinore and Perris that the county took over from the state last year.

The project would entail infrastructure improvements, the establishment of pedestrian and bicycle paths, as well as other accessibility upgrades, according to Caltrans.

 

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