OAKLAND - The city of Oakland was awarded $6.1 million Thursday by the California Transportation Commission to implement two key projects in a state program designed to encourage non-motorized transportation.
The money is part of a total of $221 million that the state commission awarded to 145 projects across California.
Oakland officials said they received $2.5 million for a pedestrian lighting and sidewalk repair project on International Boulevard.
They said the improvements will complement the roadway and center median improvements of AC Transit's bus rapid transit project that will run from Oakland's Uptown district to San Leandro.
Oakland officials said $3.6 million was awarded to construct a separated bicycle and pedestrian path along MacArthur Boulevard from High Street to Seminary Avenue, connecting neighborhoods throughout the corridor.
The project is known as the Laurel Access to Mills, Maxwell Park and Seminary, or LAMMPS, project.
City officials said the project will make walking and bicycling easier and safer options for the large number of students from local public schools and Mills College as well as employees and residents who commute along the route.
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said in a statement, "I am delighted to see these projects becoming fully funded after years of effort from my office, dedicated City staffers and our neighborhood community members."
Quan said, "We're working to create safer space for walkers and cyclists to use. Meanwhile, we are moving forward with a major effort to revitalize International Boulevard and support our incredible merchant community."
Oakland Public Works Director Brooke Levin said, "The city is grateful to the CTC for their commitment to safety and access for pedestrians and bicyclists in Oakland."
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