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Riverside County recently reportedly received a $3.74 Million state grant to add bicycle lanes and roundabouts on a mile-long stretch of road in Calimesa. The Riverside County Transportation Commission’s “County Line Road Transportation Corridor” was among dozens of projects statewide designated for appropriations provided by the California Transportation Commission.
According to Caltrans, the funding earmarked for RCTC will specifically pay for a multi-lane roundabout, four single-lane roundabouts, sidewalk improvements, and a mile-long bicycle lane — all along County Line Road, between Bryant St. and Interstate 10. About $5.4 million in funding has been designated for the project by local and federal sources.
Caltrans Director Toks Omishakin reportedly said: “These critical investments will help improve California’s transportation infrastructure now and into the future. This includes improving safety and access for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians, and planning for the long-term maintenance of these vital assets.”
Out of 200 cities, Allstate ranked Riverside as the 134th safest city to drive in the U.S.’ most populous cities. By July 2020, the blog BikinginLA, had counted six bicycling fatalities in Riverside County. In contrast, according to the California Highway Patrol Annual Report, the city of Riverside had 85 bicycle injuries that resulted in no fatalities in 2017.
In total, the CTC is appropriating $491 million statewide. Officials reportedly said just over half of that sum is revenue generated by the Road Repair & Accountability Act of 2017, which raised gasoline taxes and vehicle license fees. The County Line Road Transportation Corridor was the only Riverside County project listed in the latest round of funding.
Yucaipa and Calimesa have reportedly been working on adding roundabouts, sidewalks, bike lanes, and improved drainage on the main thoroughfare for both cities since 2018. The cities of Calimesa and Yucaipa are reportedly working jointly on the County Line Road Transportation Corridor Project, which will add five roundabouts along the busy thoroughfare. Along with the roundabouts and bike lanes that will help address traffic congestion, drainage improvements and sidewalks are also part of the project.
“Both cities have prioritized traffic and pedestrian improvements on this busy street,” Public Works Director Fermin Preciado reportedly said at a council meeting in 2018 when the joint project was announced, referring to County Line Road.