What should be done with $10 million in transportation funding?, RTC asks
If you had $10 million to spend on transportation projects in Santa Cruz County, how would you spend the money?
That's exactly what the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission is asking the community.
At 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, the commission will host a public hearing to solicit ideas for money, a compilation of state and federal funds. The meeting will be in the County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz. The hearing will be preceded by a staff presentation.
Among the projects that could receive the funds are:
- Highway 1 Soquel Drive-41st Avenue auxiliary lanes and Chanticleer Bicycle/Pedestrian bridge over Highway 1;
- Highway 1/Highway 9 intersection modifications;
- Santa Cruz branch rail line rehabilitation;
- Airport Boulevard sidewalks, travel and bicycle lane extensions near Freedom Boulevard in Watsonville;
- Sidewalks on Park Avenue in Capitola;
- Sidewalks and bicycle lanes adjacent to Vine Hill Elementary School in Scotts Valley;
- Soquel Drive/Park Way intersection turn lanes in Santa Cruz;
- Storm damage repairs in the county's unincorporated areas.
Approved projects will be included in the 2012 Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Improvement Program. While Thursday's hearing will help the RTC decide which projects to focus on, the California Transportation Commission will have final say regarding projects that will occur using $9 million in state finds.
Anyone unable to attend the hearing can submit their ideas to the RTC in writing by 20 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 1523 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, via fax (831) 460-3215, or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about the proposed projects at www.sccrtc.org/funding-planning/project-funding/, by popping by the commission's office at 1523 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz or by calling (831) 460-3200.
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