Castroville Bicycle & Pedestrian Overcrossing

gi_castroville_rail_bigThe project consists of the construction of a bicycle/pedestrian facility to connect the Community of Castroville to Castroville Boulevard. The project limits start on Salinas Street at McDougall and are parallel to Axtell Street with an overcrossing at the Union Pacific railroad tracks and a Class I Bike Facility to Castroville Boulevard.

School children and other residents cross the track illegally each day to reach downtown and a school, putting themselves at risk. The overcrossing structure will be approximately 1400’ long and includes an additional 900 feet of pathway on each end to connect to the existing Class 1 bicycle network. A 2000-foot long extension of Class 2 bike trail was recently added to the project scope.

The project is currently funded through construction with $6.637 million in State Transportation Improvement Program funds. Other federal and local funds are programmed to cover non construction phases of this project.

Related Articles and Press Releases:


Monterey County Herald: Castroville Bike-Pedestrian Overpass Project Funding Restored

Building a bridge over railroad tracks to make it safer for high school students to get to school is being touted by local transportation officials as an example of how Monterey County would benefit from “self-help” status linked to a proposed transportation sales tax measure aimed at the fall ballot.

State funding was restored this month for the Castroville bicycle and pedestrian project, which would include a bridge over the Union Pacific rail line splitting off the town of Castroville from Castroville Boulevard, where North Monterey County High School is. It comes just a month after the $6.6 million earmarked for the proposal was withdrawn by the state Transportation Commission due to a $150 million budget shortfall blamed on falling oil prices and gas tax revenue.

That means the county-backed project is back on for a summer construction start, but only after a ride on the government funding see-saw. Transportation officials say a guaranteed local source of funding such as the Transportation Agency for Monterey County-contemplated 3/8-cent sales tax measure aimed at raising about $20 million annually over a 30-year period could help projects such as these better deal with that see-saw.

To read the complete story by Jim Johnson, click onto:

http://www.montereyherald.com/government-and-politics/20160120/castroville-bike-pedestrian-overpass-project-funding-restored


Monterey County Weekly: State Restores Funding to Castroville Bike Path

Monterey County Weekly: State Restores Funding to Castroville Bike Path

Finding a way to get schoolkids, pedestrians and bicyclists over the train tracks in Castroville has been like a roller coaster ride recently.

The Transportation Agency for Monterey County, Union Pacific Railroad and Monterey County Public Works all came together to make a viable plan. TAMC successfully lobbied the state for $6.6 million in funding, and things were looking up.

Then Dec. 9, the California Transportation Commission voted to pull the Castroville pedestrian path from its list of projects, because revenue from California’s gas tax has been lower than projected, largely due to low oil prices.

That left project proponents feeling disappointed, after the project had been slated for construction in the summer of 2016.

But now, it’s back on schedule.

To read more of Sara Rubin’ story, click here:

http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/blogs/news_blog/state-restores-funding-to-castroville-bike-path/article_0718812e-bb20-11e5-a998-23e014852e37.html

 


Salinas Californian: Overpass Plan Back on Track

We Could Car Less: Overpass plan back on track

Crucial funding has been restored for the Castroville Bicycle and Pedestrian Overcrossing project. The Transportation Agency for Monterey County announced Wednesday that the California Transsportation Commission will earmark $6.6 million for the desperately needed overpass.

As it stands, area residents and North Monterey County High School students walking or bicycling to and from Castroville must leave the paved road, go through a farm field, and cross the railroad tracks. Walking or bicycling on Highway 156 is not an option because of the potential danger posed.

To read the full story, click here:

http://www.thecalifornian.com/story/news/2016/01/14/we-can-car-less-overpass-plan-back-track/78822320/


Castroville Bicycle & Pedestrian Project

RELEASE DATE:             Wednesday, January 13, 2016
CONTACT:                       Theresa Wright
PHONE:                            831-775-4411
E-MAIL:                           theresa@tamcmonterey.org

STATE REINSTATES FUNDING FOR CASTROVILLE PROJECT 

MONTEREY COUNTY – The Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) announced that California Transportation Commission has restored funding for the Castroville Bicycle and Pedestrian Overcrossing. This decision comes a month after the Commission announced that due to a shortfall of $150 million in funding, they would delay funding for several projects statewide, including the Castroville Bicycle and Pedestrian Overcrossing.

“We are delighted to learn that funding for this vital project has been restored. By restoring the $6.6 million, the County of Monterey will be able to move forward on this project. We can provide students with a safe route to school by building a bicycle and pedestrian crossing over the railroad tracks in Castroville,” said Debbie Hale, the Executive Director of the Transportation Agency for Monterey County.

At the moment, students walking or bicycling to and from the high school must walk past the paved road, up and over an active railroad track and along a farm field, which is often muddy. In addition to a bicycle and pedestrian bridge crossing over the railroad tracks, a new path would be built parallel to Highway 156, connecting downtown Castroville to North County High School.

Hale, went on to say, “while we are pleased that funding for this project has been reinstated, there are so many more needs that we must address… our crumbling roads are filled with potholes, traffic congestion on local highways, and other ways to make walking and biking safer in all of our communities.”

It is the uncertainty in funding like this situation with the Castroville project, which prompted the Agency to explore the option of becoming a “self-help” county by passing a transportation sales tax measure.   The passage of the measure would ensure that Monterey County would have locally controlled dollars to address transportation needs. Should TAMC decide to pursue a ballot measure in November 2016, Monterey County could join twenty other “self-help” counties in the state who have passed transportation measures. In each case, these are locally controlled dollars that cannot be taken back by the state and it ensures some funding is available to address the community’s need.

It would provide a solution to enhance the quality of life and economic vitality of Monterey County by making repairs, upgrades and improvements to our aging and deteriorating transportation system.

For more information contact, Theresa Wright, Community Outreach Coordinator, at (831) 775-4411 or Theresa@tamcmonterey.org.

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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.”


Monterey County Weekly

Monterey County Weekly: “State Yanks Castroville Pedestrian Pathway Funding”

While you’ve been enjoying low gas prices at the pump, the California Transportation Commission has been watching the pennies slip away. For this fiscal year, they allocated $193 million to dozens of transportation projects statewide, but at a Dec. 9 meeting, they got the bad news: They’re $150 million short for 2016, partly thanks to lower-than-projected gas tax revenue…

To read the full story, click here:

http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/news/local_news/state-yanks-castroville-pedestrian-pathway-funding/article_b977f53e-a9b4-11e5-af7e-5b7c971e552c.html