Visalia Times-Delta: Visalia gets state funding for downtown design project

December 25, 2017

December 25, 2017 
By: Luis Hernandez 
Visalia was among the first recipients of funds from the Road and Repair Act of 2014, getting $153,194 from the state to pay for the Central Valley Traffic Action Plan.

Bakersfield and Madera are Central Valley cities who also received SB 1 funds the state for transportation projects.

“These grants will provide much-needed funding to support the efforts to improve transportation in local communities and plan for a future impacted by climate change,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “In addition to the many projects already accelerated thanks to SB 1, this is just one more example of how we’re committed to rebuilding California.”

In Visalia, the funds will pay for a planning project to design changes to create more complete streets that support all users, and for a program that foster safer walking, bicycling and driving, state officials said.

As the downtown area continues to see higher intensity use, it is in need of improvements to encourage and accommodate users of all ages and abilities.

These planning grants will provide funding to support regional sustainable community strategies and ultimately achieve the state’s greenhouse gas reductions targets, state officials said.

Two weeks ago, the California Transportation Commission approved $32 million in grants.

Overall, SB 1 will provide more than $270 million in planning grants for local communities over the next 10 years.

Annually, SB 1 awards $25 million for Sustainable Community grants.

In total, the state received 157 grant applications.

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