This week, the City of Menifee was awarded $221,325 from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to develop a Complete Streets Plan which will enable the City to identify opportunities to accommodate all modes of travel within Menifee safely and comfortably. The funding came from Caltrans’ Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant, which supports transportation projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve the state highway system, enhance access to safe walkways and bike paths, and increase natural disaster preparedness.
The City’s Complete Streets Plan will identify potential projects that will improve safety, mobility, air quality, sustainability, and support the local economy through multi-modal transportation. The plan is necessary to identify rural and underdeveloped areas throughout Menifee with existing gaps in access and prioritize them for complete street improvements. The Complete Streets Plan also proposes to expand on the existing Active Transportation Plan (ATP) by incorporating street improvements in addition to the identified pedestrian and bicycling improvements in the existing ATP. Upon completion of the Complete Streets Plan, the City anticipates the incorporation of identified priority projects into the City's 5-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).
The public’s input will also be sought during the development of the Complete Streets Plan. The City will hold community and stakeholder meetings to present the purpose of the plan, request feedback from residents, and engage the public in the creation of the plan. Input collected through community engagement will be utilized to create goals and objectives for the plan which will also be available for public review. Opportunities for public comment and review will be shared with the Menifee community as they become available.