SALINAS, Calif. - UPDATE 12/15/17 5:15 p.m.: Your tax dollars at work. This week, the Transportation for Monterey County approved several projects that are going to be paid for by voter-approved Measure X. That was a 3/8 a cent sales tax increase supporting road transportation improvements. It’s expected to raise $20 million a year.
Two of the projects affect people who commute back and forth between Salinas and the Monterey Peninsula.
One TAMC project is along Highway 68, a roadway that carries 25-30,000 cars a day. As KION reported in August, TAMC has plans to install roundabouts.
"We approved a conceptual plan that calls for replacing a number of the signals with roundabouts,” Grant Leonard, TAMC transportation planner said. “And also doing some other safety improvements along the corridor."
Some of those improvements are restricting left turns out of side streets and driveways and adding six wildlife crossings.
The $50 million project is expected to start within five years.
Another project getting the green light is in Marina.
"The Imjin Parkway widening is a City of Marina project and it's going to widen the road from Reservation to CSUMB, that two lane section in Marina and it's also going to replace the signals on the roadway with roundabouts," Leonard said.
Other TAMC projects:
-Highway 156 Castroville Boulevard Interchange with a Blackie Road extension
-Fort Ord Regional Trail and Greenway
-Rail Extension to Salinas
TAMC is hoping to stretch those tax dollars further to get more done.
"Now with Senate Bill 1 passing, we're looking to use our Measure X funds to match with state grants so we can get a 2 and a half time return from state grants,” Leonard said. “So for every dollar we spend, we get $2 back from the state."
ORIGINAL POST: The Transportation Agency for Monterey County has OK'd several projects that are going to be paid for by voter-approved Measure X.
Measure X was a sales tax increase that supports road transportation improvements.
TAMC said that Measure X is supposed to bring in about $20-million a year and it is supposed to go to projects that will reduce congestion and make it safer for everyone on the roads.
Back in August KION reported on TAMC’s Highway 68 plan. The project would include getting rid of stoplights and put in 11 roundabouts between Blanco and Josselyn Canyon Road.
It also calls for restricting left turns out of side streets and driveways and adding six crossings for wildlife, all paid for by Measure X.
"So the Imjin Roadway widening is a city of Marina project and it's going to widen the road from Reservation to CSUMB, that two lane section in Marina and it's also going to replace the signals on the roadway with roundabouts,” said TAMC Transportation Planner, Grant Leonard.
Other TAMC projects are the Highway 156 Castroville Boulevard interchange with a Blackie Road extension, Fort Ord regional trail and greenway and rail extension to Salinas.
The Highway 68 project should be started within the next five years and will cost about $50-million.
The Imjin expansion should be completed in five years and cost $40-million.
KION’s Mariana Hicks has the full story at 6 p.m.