A new promenade path to the bayfront from Third Avenue downtown Chula Vista will make bypassing traffic easier for southbay walkers and bicyclists, and drivers. The latest economic growth project on the city's sustainable communities plan already has its ground plan.
Turning the mile F Street path, from THird Avenue to Bay Boulevard, into a pedestrian friendly complete street will cost the city over half a million dollars. Last week, the city councilmembers unanimously decided to ask the State of California for a Sustainable Communities Planning Grant to fund the project. Chula Vista will pay in 52,000 dollars to fund community meetings and planning work.
The state grants have a 500,000 dollar maximum. The councilmembers decided above 490,000 dollars is enough to ask from the state.
Proposition 84 voters passed in 2006 made coastal protection grants available to California cities.
Chula Vista's strategic growth council is on its thrid round in the city's sustainable communities planning. The new mile long complete street on F STreet will connect to the Third Avenue promenade built last year that opened up the downtown street down to H Street.
A safe commplete street will remove breaks inthe open transportation lines that stand in the way of the city's regional transportation plan. The plan is to build an open path to the developing bay, that runs past Broadway and the E Street trolley station. And, over the I-5. Workers will build a pedestrian overcrossing that crosses both the freeway and a road alongside the freeway.
Landscaped promenade paths will make the path attractive for businesses, and visitors. During the project planning, Chula Vistans will get the opportunity to tell the city where they want bikeways and parkways built along the bayfront path.
Linking downtown to the bayfront, the city planners say, will "foster opportunities to invest in Western Chula Vista." The city's urban core has been a major work zone during the 2000s.
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