Lemoore - In late January, the California Transportation Commission released its funding recommendations for awardees of the statewide and small urban and rural component of the 2019 Active Transportation Program. Over 500 applications were received , only 60 of which were recommended for funding. Kings Region has been awarded two projects that will receive a total of $897,000, one from the County of Kings and the other from The City of Avenal.
Kings County Public Works Department will receive 360,000 in ATP funds fro a project that is along the State Route 41 corridor in rural Kings County within the unincorporated residential community in Kettleman City. Based on input form the community's residents which have expressed a desire for additional pedestrian facilities, the funding will be used to constrict a six foot wide asphalt concrete pedestrian pathway along the western side of SR41 from Edwards Street to General Petroleum Ave. Additionally, a lighted crosswalk feature will be added to the existing crosswalk at SR41 and General Petroleum Ave. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.
The Avenal Safe Routes to School SR 269 Improvement Project will receive $537,000 in ATP funds to add a new crosswalk at Union Ave/Skyline BLVD. and improvements to two other existing crosswalks that include high visibility markings, flashing beacons, inroad lights, and bulb-outs at one crosswalk/bus stop. The completion of the project will make it safer for all residents , especially students, to cross Skyline Blvd., and will encourage active transportation beyond what is currently seen in Avenal.
Moving forward, the Kings County Association of Governments will continuously provide assistance to our local member agencies to implement the projects and monitor their progress, making walking and biking in Kings region easier and safer.