Construction of a 2.6-mile multiuse path began Sept. 14 in Santa Barbara.
The Vision Zero project will connect the beach, schools, parks and commercial centers with the community along the Pacific Coastal and Crosstown bike routes.
The path is intended to improve safety for bicyclists and pedestrians by separating them from high-speed vehicular traffic along Las Positas and Modoc roads.
It also will increase walking and biking opportunities and allow improved access to Elings Park, Arroyo Burro Beach and the Douglas Family Preserve.
Construction is estimated to cost $15.5 million and is funded primarily through Active Transportation Program grant funds in addition to local Measure C funds for matching costs.
Construction began at Calle de Los Amigos on Modoc Road and will progress toward Las Positas Road to the roundabout at Cliff Drive.
While the entire project will be constructed in phases, the expected duration of the project is 18 months.
Construction work will occur from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Residents should expect traffic control and temporary delays while the project undergoes construction.
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