Great news! The City of Redding was recommended for funding at total of $5.3 million for Diestelhorst To Downtown and Quartz Hill Road projects from the second round of the Caltrans Active Transportation Program which is comprised of a mix of state and federal funding. This grant was very competitive only 113 projects of 617 submitted are likely to recieve funds. The awards won't be finalized until California Transportation Commission adopts staff recommendations next month.
These projects will continue to grow our amazing cycling network and best of all connect the River Trail, the main artery of our cycling network, to downtown and beyond. Upon completion, if you can get to the River Trail you will be able to ride to downtown keeping that trail experience that will shift from a recreation trail to an urban trail. Projects are expected to be completed in the next three to four years. We will keep you informed of the project progress as it unfolds.
Thank you to all the Ride Redding followers that wrote in support of the these two important projects. The 617 signatures we submitted on your behalf shows strong community support, which is key to the review to show community support and demonstrate the possibility for an increase in numbers of people that would use the completed projects.
In the first cycle of projects for the Caltrans Active Transportation Program, the City of Redding was awarded $2.3 million to improve Placer Road from the County line to Pleasant Street, including complete sidewalks, shade, street lights, bike lanes and several enhanced crossings. That project will hit the ground next fall!
Without this major source of the funding from Caltrans, communities in Shasta County would not be able to make the projects awarded happen and build complete and safer streets for all.
Other projects recommended for funding in Shasta County totaling $1.7M include:
- Old Oregon Trail Shasta College Active Transportation Project
- Junction School Save Routes to School Projects
- GoShasta Active Transport Plan