San Luis Obispo, Calif. (March 31, 2021)
– Yesterday, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) released the list of projects awarded Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funds for Cycle 10—and five of the 266 projects awarded
are right here in the San Luis Obispo region. The San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) congratulates San Luis Obispo County, the City of Arroyo Grande, and the City of El Paso De Robles for each of their awards!
Back in 2015, the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act
(FAST Act) established the HSIP funding program
to provide federal-aid to states specifically with the aim of reducing fatalities and serious injuries on public roads. California's Local HSIP focuses on infrastructure projects with nationally-recognized crash reduction factors (CRFs) that must be supported through data, like: crash experience, crash potential, and crash rate. The program is a key tool for delivering safety projects in the San Luis Obispo region.
SLO County was awarded a total of $1,961,700 for the following safety improvements projects—all of which will begin design in late 2021 and finish construction by early 2026:
- Guard Railing Improvements on various sections of Adelaida Road, Creston Road, Old Creek Road, and Templeton Road
- Curve Warning/Advisory Sign Improvements on various sections of Adelaida Road, El Pomar Road, Geneseo Road, Linne Road, and Union Road
- Centerline Striping on various sections of Adelaida Road, Geneseo Road, Oso Flaco Road, and Peachy Canyon Road
- Centerline Rumble Strips on various sections of Adelaida Road, El Pomar Road, Geneseo Road, La Panza Road, Peachy Canyon Road, and Pomeroy Road
Arroyo Grande was awarded $250,000 for their Pedestrian Crossing Enhancement Project, which will improve safety for an uncontrolled pedestrian crosswalk on the west leg of E Grand Ave at Alder Street, as well as the school crosswalks across Farroll Avenue at S. Halcyon Road and on the south leg of S Halcyon Road at Sandalwood Avenue. The project will install rectangular rapid flashing beacons (RRFBs), curb extensions, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant curb ramps, yield lines, and striping and pavement markings.
Paso Robles was awarded $167,900 for pedestrian crossing enhancements at Niblick Road and Appaloosa Drive, including installation of RRFBs, a pedestrian refuge island, advanced yield markings, and restriped lanes.
SLOCOG, through its Transportation Safety Partnership Program, works with each local agency to ensure they have current Systemic Safety Plans so they are eligible to receive HSIP funding. The grant awards in Cycle 10 directly support SLOCOG’s policies on safety as well as federal performance measures, and these investments will help reduce the quantity and severity of collisions in these areas. “Working with our local stakeholders, SLOCOG provides funding to assist member jurisdictions in the delivery of safety projects as well as safety analysis for their local roadways and intersections. SLOCOG commends SLO County, Arroyo Grande, and Paso Robles for their pursuit of these highly competitive federal funds,” said SLOCOG Director of Programming Richard Murphy.