ENCINITAS — The City Council recently approved an implementation plan prioritizing the construction of several pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure projects throughout the city.
The Modal Alternatives Project, better known as MAP Encinitas, serves as the implementation plan to the city’s Active Transportation Plan, which established a network of biking and walking facilities and identified needed routes, gap closures, safety concerns and options for active transportation.
The top five prioritized bicycle projects include: Vulcan Avenue multi-use path from La Costa Avenue to Santa Fe Drive, which will cost an estimated $22 million; Quail Gardens Drive and Westlake Street bicycle lanes project valued around $7 million; Manchester Avenue bike lanes from Via Poco to Encinitas Boulevard at $5.7 million; San Elijo Avenue bike lanes and route project at $3.7 million, and the gap filling of bike lanes on Union Street, Hermes Avenue and Cereus Avenue at just over $45,000.
The top five prioritized pedestrian projects include: Leucadia Boulevard sidewalk infill project to the Beacon’s Beach access at $3 million; Saxony Road sidewalk infill project at nearly $1 million; Coast Highway 101 sidewalk infill at nearly $600,000; Nardo Road sidewalk infill at nearly $800,000, and a pedestrian X-crossing at Encinitas Boulevard and Vulcan Avenue project at $1.1 million.
In 2020, the city received funding to develop MAP Encinitas through the Caltrans Sustainable Communities Grant and drafted a prioritized list of 35 bike and pedestrian projects reflecting the community’s desires.
MAP Encinitas does not include identifying new projects, rather simply prioritizing the projects already identified in the city’s […]
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