Coloma–-Lotus Sustainable Community Mobility Plan
On October 20, 2017 EDCTC submitted an application to Caltrans for a Fiscal Year 2017/2018 Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant to fund the Coloma Sustainable Community Mobility Plan. On April 21, 2017 Caltrans notified EDCTC that the Coloma Sustainable Community Mobility Plan had been selected for funding in Fiscal Year 2017/2018 with an award of $130,000.
The project will work with the Coloma-Lotus community, Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, El Dorado County, and Caltrans to create a plan for a bikeable, walkable community. The project will identify the bicycle and pedestrian projects along State Route (SR) 49 through the State Park and along Lotus Road from State Route 49 to Bassi Road that will allow residents and visitors to safely and easily access desired destinations in Coloma-Lotus. The recently completed SR 49 South Fork American River Bridge project included bicycle and pedestrian facilities that are a big step towards making Coloma-Lotus a bicycle and pedestrian friendly community. The Coloma-Lotus Sustainable Community Mobility Plan will identify the remaining gaps in the bicycle and pedestrian network and the projects and funding necessary to close those gaps and create a bicycle and pedestrian friendly community that people of all ages and abilities can enjoy.
The project will do this by:
Collaborating with local residents and stakeholders to identify active transportation solutions that reduce conflicts between pedestrians, bicycles, and vehicles in Coloma-Lotus;
Building off of the work already done during development of the State Route 49 South Fork American River Bridge Project and Mount Murphy Road Bridge Project;
Identifying existing and future demand for active transportation facilities in the project area;
Collecting the data and information needed to determine the scope and location for active transportation facilities, including crosswalk enhancements and the use of new technology to provide a larger margin of safety for all users of the transportation facilities on State Route 49 and Lotus Road in the project area;
Developing an implementation/sustainability plan, including a funding strategy and next steps.