Citrus Avenue Sidewalk Infill Project
Nov 30, 2017 07:53PM ● Published by Paul Spear
Sidewalk Infill Project
SB 1 funding making it possible to accelerate this project improving pedestrian safety, walkability, and accessibility
November 30, 2017 – The City of Imperial Beach announced today it will begin sidewalk infill on two blocks of Citrus Avenue between Alabama Street and Rainbow Drive which will increase pedestrian safety, walkability, accessibility, add traffic calming measures and as a part of the green street feature, a foot and a half section of permeable pavers in between the proposed curb and sidewalk. Because of funding from Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, drivers and pedestrians will benefit and see road improvements much sooner than anticipated.
“SB 1 provides funding for every community in California to make needed road safety improvements to our local streets and roads,” said Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina. “The Citrus Avenue Sidewalk Infill Project will make driving much safer in Imperial Beach and improve the quality of life for our residents.”
SB 1 funding allows cities to fast-track projects which have been delayed for too long. Statewide, SB 1 is expected to generate more than $5 billion annually for road repairs, to fill potholes, make seismic safety improvements to bridges and overpasses, and repair local streets and freeways. Funding in SB 1 is split equally between state and local governments. SB 1 also includes accountability provisions and constitutional protections, such as the creation of the Office of Inspector General, to ensure the funding is spent wisely and on transportation projects only.
California has a backlog of $130 billion in needed road maintenance projects ($59 billion in state highways; $70 billion in local streets and roads). Not surprisingly, bumpy roads are putting considerable wear and tear on vehicles. It is estimated that the average California driver pays an additional $762 annually for car repairs due to driving on poor roads.
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Paul Spear, Publisher, and Editor of Dig Imperial Beach