Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Celebrates the Opening of the Castroville Overcrossing

MONTEREY COUNTY – The Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) announced that a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 31, 2018 to celebrate the opening of Castroville Bicycle/Pedestrian and Railroad Overcrossing Bridge. The ceremony presented by TAMC and the County of Monterey will be on the east side of the crossing (the side closest to the North County High).

Construction on the $10.6 million project began in December 2016. It was designed to create safe and healthy routes for students to walk or ride bikes to and from school safely. Currently, students who walk or bicycle from Castroville often go up and over an active railroad track, along a farm field, and then cross over a busy section of Castroville Boulevard to reach the existing bicycle/pedestrian path along Castroville Boulevard to get to their school.

The new Castroville Bicycle/Pedestrian & Railroad Overcrossing Bridge is a bicycle and pedestrian bridge crossing over the railroad tracks and a new bicycle/pedestrian path parallel to Highway 156. The bridge will provide students a much safer route to school and connect downtown Castroville to Elkhorn Elementary School and North Monterey County High School. It also links various portions of the existing multi-modal transportation infrastructure improving access for all bicyclists and pedestrians from the Monterey Peninsula, Salinas to Watsonville, to Santa Cruz County.

Speakers at the ceremony include:

 Supervisor John Phillips-Monterey County 2nd District

 Executive Director Debbie Hale – The Transportation Agency for Monterey County

 Director Carl Holm, Resource Management Agency, County of Monterey

 Superintendent Kari Yeater – North Monterey County School District

 Community Members

Ceremonial ribbon-cutting/photo op/interviews; Light Refreshments

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The Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) is responsible for investing in regional transportation projects for Monterey County residents, businesses and visitors.  The mission of TAMC is to develop and maintain a multimodal transportation system that enhances mobility, safety, access, environment quality and economic activities in Monterey County. For more information visit www.tamcmonterey.org or call 831.775.0903.”