CITY OF LA MESA AWARDED GRANT FOR IMPROVED PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLIST SAFETY

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August 5, 2015 (La Mesa) -- The City of La Mesa was recently approved for $992,500 from the SANDAG Smart Growth Incentive Grant Program (SGIP). The grant programs are funded by the TransNet regional half-cent sales tax for transportation approved by San Diego County voters. The grant will fund pedestrian and bicyclist safety enhancements along North Spring Street between University Avenue and the I-8 interchange.

Improvements will include a pedestrian railroad/trolley crossing at North Spring Street at the I-8 interchange with ADA ramps, high visibility crosswalks, lighting and safety fencing; new sidewalk along Nebo Drive; a new pedestrian crossing at Nebo Drive and University Avenue; and a bicycle route with sharrow markings along North Spring Street. “Sharrows” (shared roadway bicycle markings) help remind motorists to share the road with bicyclists. This grant funding will improve access to transit, civic services, retail and commercial areas; and connect local and regional bicycle networks. The project is scheduled to begin in fall 2015.

This $992,500 grant coincides with the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) grant in the amount of $1,088,000 the City received for pedestrian safety enhancements on Spring Street between Center Drive and Lemon Avenue. Improvements will include installation of new sidewalks and bridge safety railings crossing over the freeway, ADA ramps and high visibility crosswalks at North Spring Street and the I-8 interchange; upgrading traffic signals at 14 intersections and installing pedestrian countdown heads at 11 intersections along Spring Street and El Cajon Blvd.