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Ripon could be eligible for bike path funding

Ripon City Council could have the funding resources to better enhance bike paths along the city streets.

At tonight’s meeting, elected leaders are scheduled to discuss the grant application for the state’s Active Transportation Program during the 6 o’clock open session in the Council Chambers, 259 N. Wilma Ave.

The California Transportation Commission finalized the 2019 ATP Cycle 4 guidelines last month.

“Although the statewide call is very competitive with scoring geared toward benefits provided to disadvantaged communities, the City has successfully received regional component ATP funds in the past for the River Road and Fulton Avenue intersection improvement project,” said Engineering Supervisor James Pease in his council report.

He noted that staff identified two potential projects that Ripon would be eligible for funding within the ATP, including:

uManley Road / Milgeo Avenue / Second Street – This project calls for modifications to the existing class II bike paths on Manley Road and Milgeo Avenue with new striping and signage on Second Street between Stockton Avenue and Palm Avenue, and the installation of class III bike path striping and signage on Second Street between Palm Avenue and Wilma Avenue as well as Acacia Avenue between Second and Doak Boulevard. Additional enhancements would consist of intersection pop-outs or bulb outs to reduce the pedestrian crossing distance and slow vehicular traffic on Second. The bulb outs would also be installed on Second at the intersections of Palm, Acacia, and Locust.

uJack Tone Class 1 Bike Path – This plan would be a continuation of the 12-foot-wide concrete sidewalk / class 1 path on Jack Tone Road and River Road. The project would also close a gap in the existing class 1 bike path network by providing direct access to the Mistlin Sports Park. Right-of-way land acquisition would have to be included as part of this project, including the application for funding.

The ATP application deadline — statewide and regional — is July 31.

Staff is seeking direction from council on submitting applications for the two potential projects.

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