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Bike Lanes Opened on Price Canyon Rd.

County Public Works recently cut the ribbon on a new bicycle lane and road-widening project on Price Canyon Road, fulfilling one of its long-sought goals.

County of San Luis Obispo Department of Public Works announces the ribbon cutting ceremony for the recently completed 

The Price Canyon Road Phase II Bike Lane Project, which runs from Ormonde Road to Hwy 227 (Edna Road), was officially opened May 17 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Trinity Hall on Edna Road. 

“This 1.8-mile length of Price Canyon Road,” reads a County news release, “had been identified as an important project for widening over the past 15 years under the Regional Transportation Plan prepared by the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments [SLOCOG]. 

“The Bicycle Advisory Committee has listed this project as a top priority over the past 20 years, and Price Canyon Road has been identified by Caltrans as a key alternate route for South County traffic and provides relief to the congested Highway 101 corridor.”

Scenic Price Canyon Road has long been considered the back road into Pismo Beach from SLO, coming out on Price Street in Downtown Pismo, and Hwy 227 leads to the Village Area of Arroyo Grande. Both have heavily vehicle traffic.

“This completed project will improve driver and bicyclist safety by providing full road shoulders within the project area,” said the County release. “There are now continuous Class II bike lanes between San Luis Obispo and the Five Cities area, closing a major gap for both recreational and commuter cyclists.”

Whitaker Construction Group, Inc. of Paso Robles completed work on the job over the winter. The total job cost won’t be know until the final bills are paid, but are estimated now at $7.8 million. 

The County used several tax sources. “This project has been funded by grants secured through SLOCOG from the State Transportation Improvement Program, Federal Highway Demonstration Funds, and Federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program.” 

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