At its Aug. 7 meeting, the El Dorado County Transportation Commission approved funding several projects that will improve pedestrian and bicycle facilities in the county.
The commission approved spending $90,000 for a grant application that was previously submitted to the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG). It will be combined with $47,000 in county funds as part of the required 11.47 percent match for a $1 million grant application to complete construction of the U.S. Highway 50/Weber Creek Bridge Bicycle/Pedestrian Facility project and to also improve its safety.
Previously El Dorado County received a $5 million grant to advance the Missouri Flat Interchange project’s future phase bicycle/pedestrian path into the current scheduled Phase 1B construction. The project is considered unique in that it is rare to have a Class 1 bike path within a state right of way and adjacent to a freeway.
After the Phase 1B contract was awarded and in construction, however, the county was made aware that accidents were occurring as pedestrians were hit by vehicles near U.S. Highway 50. Resolving the issue meant modifying and raising the barrier railing and fences located between the bike path and U.S. Highway 50. Additionally a new design along the curved portion of the freeway was developed to improve safety. Completion of this project through the additional grant funding is projected to resolve these issues.
In a separate action, the commission approved a request from Placerville for $37,879 in funding as the required 11.47 percent match for a $292,371 grant application to SACOG. The grant funds will be used to construct sidewalks along Combellack Road between Canal Street and upper David Circle. The sidewalks will close a gap that exists in the pedestrian network to Markham Middle School. The planned improvements include approximately 1,100 feet of curb, gutter and sidewalk improvements as well as necessary drainage, retaining wall and accessible ramp components.
The commission also approved de-programming $608,137 in federal funds from the Diamond Springs Parkway Phase 1B for environmental, design and right of way for the bike and pedestrian components of the project and instead to program $508,000 in federal funds to the El Dorado Trail at Missouri Flat Road Bike/Pedestrian Overcrossing.
That decision was reached after it was determined it was more cost-effective to deliver the Diamond Parkway Phase 1B project, including the bicycle and pedestrian facilities, using non-federal funds. At the same time the county submitted a new application for $508,000 in federal funding for the environmental, design and right-of-way phases of the El Dorado Trail at Missouri Flat Road Bike/Pedestrian Overcrossing project.
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