County approves agreement with Riverside County Transportation Commission for Mayberry Avenue sidewalks

The Riverside County Transportation Commission’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Program will fund the construction of sidewalks along Mayberry Avenue in the unincorporated portion of Hemet with a $244,000 RCTC grant.

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0, with Marion Ashley absent, Jan. 9, to approve the funding agreement between the county and the Riverside County Transportation Commission. The terms of the agreement include a 50 percent local match and a project completion deadline of two years from the approval of the agreement.

The work will construct approximately 1,270 feet of sidewalk and pedestrian access ramps along the south side of Mayberry Avenue between Stanford Street and Meridian Street. That segment will fill in a missing gap between the existing sidewalks at Stanford Street and at Meridian Street. The portion of Mayberry Avenue where the sidewalks will be constructed has significant pedestrian usage by Dartmouth Middle School and Little Lake Elementary School students.

Every two years, the Riverside County Transportation Commission issues a call for Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Program projects. The grants are awarded by a competitive selection process.

The total cost of the sidewalk construction is estimated at $488,000. The county’s $244,000 match will be funded by gas tax revenue.

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