County takes steps for safety in 3 rural towns

Tulare County is ready to build sidewalks in Poplar, Strathmore, and Orosi


TULARE COUNTY – Those living within the city limits of Tulare County often take for granted the safety sidewalks provide to residents who access services through public transportation and their own two feet. But in rural communities, where more students walk to school and more parents walk to appointments, there are less sidewalks and more potential for pedestrian collisions. 

In the past few weeks, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors has made a concerted effort to improve intersections and sidewalks along busy roads in unincorporated communities. At its April 2 meeting, supervisors authorized staff to go out to bid for sidewalk projects in three communities. In Poplar, the county plans to construct sidewalks with ADA curb ramps, curbs and gutters at the intersection of Avenue 146 and Road 192. The project will also updated signs and add striping for crosswalks. 

A similar project was approved at the intersection of Avenue 196 and Road 228 in Strathmore. This project will also include drainage improvements and driveways to existing properties. In Orosi, the county will construct sidewalks, curbs and gutters on Avenue 416 between Road 126 and Eddy Road. 

The three sidewalk projects are part of the Community Accessibility Enhancement Project approved by the supervisors in Jan. 24, 2017 as part of the 2017 County Transportation Improvement Program, an annual program outlining the Resource Management Agency’s improvements and maintenance strategy. 

Construction is anticipated to begin this summer. The sidewalk projects are estimated to cost a total of $521,000 including engineering design, construction, and contingency. The three projects are completely funded by Measure R, the half cent transportation tax approved by county voters in 2006. 

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