After years of planning and securing millions of dollars in grants, the city of Monterey is finally ready to break ground on a project that will vastly improve safety for bicyclists on North Fremont Street.
The street, which used to be part of the old Highway 1, presently does not have bike lanes.
The project, which will cost $8.5 million and is expected to be complete in the summer of 2019, will add separated bike lanes—i.e., Class IV—in an innovative location on the road: along the median.
"We are proud to be the first city in California to have a Class 4 bike lane in a median," Monterey Mayor Clyde Roberson said in a statement.
The bike lanes will be separated from traffic by a railing, and other new features will include bicycle signals and bike-protected intersections at Casa Verde, Dela Vina, Ramona and Casanova.
The project also calls for improvements to pedestrian safety, like curb extensions to reduce pedestrian crossing lengths, audible crossing signals and ADA-compliant curb ramps.
Aside from a $6.5 million grant from the state and the project is being funded by TAMC's Regional Surface Transportation Program, Measure P, Measure X and the city's Neighborhood Improvement Program.
The groundbreaking will take place 11am, Tuesday, June 26, at 2200 North Fremont St.