Calaveras County has been selected by Caltrans for a Main Street Planning Grant, specifically for the City of Angels Camp and San Andreas along Highway 49. The total amount Caltrans is granting statewide to support sustainable transportation planning efforts this year is $9.8 million. Part of the money allocated to Calaveras is to find ways to enhance the Highway 49/Main streets in both towns for visitors, businesses and residents.
The grant encourages transportation projects that encourage biking and walking. The grant money particularly emphasizes “multi-modal transportation,” including improved bicycle and pedestrian safety and security; other non-motorized modes and local transit.
Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty says, “We are supporting sustainability at every stage, from planning to project construction — to funding for bike and walking paths. Together, this funding will lead to more livable and economically vibrant communities across California.”
The grant may also address parking issues and fund enhancing community aesthetics and city identity projects like enhanced signage. Caltrans says it will pull together multiple plans and efforts from all agencies to improve its roadways, and locally Highway 49, for business and community use.
Other grant recipients included cities, counties, Native American tribal governments, metropolitan and regional transportation agencies and transit agencies. The grants were awarded in April, pending budget approval.
According to Caltrans, its mission is to provide a safe, sustainable, integrated and efficient transportation system to enhance California’s economy and livability.