No doubt you’ve come across a scene like this at countless street corners throughout San Carlos lately. And if there’s an “old style” curb corner that hasn’t been jackhammered out yet, chances are it’s on the list. What’s going on? It’s your national Economic Stimulus money at work right here in San Carlos.
Recently, San Carlos received a grant in the amount of $559,000 as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA.) The City has chosen to use $295,000 of this money to fund it’s 2009 Pedestrian Improvement Plan in which they’ll replace 119 of the old high-curb street corners like this one below:
…with the newer, sloped style like this one:
This makes it much easier for folks in wheelchairs or parents pushing their toddlers in strollers to navigate the sidewalks to get around town. It’s something that needed to be done, and I think it’s a great use of the money. Part of the funding will also go to re-striping crosswalks and generally making it safer for pedestrians around town. The balance of the ARRA grant money that wasn’t used to fix the sidewalks and crosswalks will be used to re-pave Crestview Drive, which badly needs it.
UPDATE 10/13: A number of folks have asked why Crestview gets the nod on the repaving work ahead of other streets in San Carlos. Robert Weil, Public Works Director/City Engineer in San Carlos was kind enough to forward the following info:
For more information on the project, check out the link on the City website:
(The Friday Off Ramp series is just an occasional editorial on Fridays about stuff that happens in San Carlos.)
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