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Grant money awarded for pedestrian and bike bridge in Morro Bay

Members of the Williams family, vacationing from Tehachapi, walk their bikes across a makeshift bridge of boards at the site on Morro Creek that could soon be home to a new pedestrian and bike bridge.
Members of the Williams family, vacationing from Tehachapi, walk their bikes across a makeshift bridge of boards at the site on Morro Creek that could soon be home to a new pedestrian and bike bridge. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Bicyclists and pedestrians can look forward to crossing Morro Creek on a new bridge, thanks to a $220,000 federal grant that will add a new segment of the North Coast National Scenic Byway in Morro Bay.

The county and Morro Bay will use the grant from the Federal Highway Administration to pay for the construction of a bicycle and pedestrian bridge that will connect the harbor walkway and Embarcadero with Atascadero Road in north Morro Bay. It’s not clear when the bridge will be built.

“Filling this existing gap in the system will support economic development and growth through increased tourism and recreation, and it will encourage a new way for residents to access the waterfront and downtown from the northern part of the bay,” said Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara.

The project is sponsored by the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments and Morro Bay.

In addition to the bridge, the project calls for improvements to beach access from the byway and two formal viewing and interpretation areas.

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