Beach-Franklin community receives state money for school routes

The Beachwood-Franklin community has received nearly $1 million in state funding to provide safer routes to schools.
The improvements will be made to roads, curbs, gutters and other infrastructure along Lobo Avenue near Franklin Elementary School.
Last year, Merced County laid plans to fund a project in the area to improve school routes. Community members’ concerns focused on missing sidewalks, street crossing safety and traffic speeds. Roadways such as Franklin Road, Beachwood Drive, Ashby Road and several others have missing sidewalks, county documents showed.
According to the county’s outline, the goal of the project is to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety. County officials and a design team from the California Department of Transportation met with residents last year to select an infrastructure plan.
The money is from the California Transportation Commission’s Active Transportation Program. Community groups that worked on the project include Building Healthy Communities Merced, Beachwood Franklin Committee for Improvement, Merced City School District and more.
The formal announcement of the funding will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Franklin Elementary School, 2736 Franklin Road, Merced. Light refreshments will be provided.
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