Workshops will benefit study of 101

The county’s regional transportation planning agency will hold two workshops in May for residents to give feedback about a study that identifies specific areas that could be improved or enhanced along the Highway 101 corridor in San Luis Obispo County.

The study will help shape portions of the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments’ long-range regional transportation plan, a 20-year plan that guides transportation policy for the region and makes recommendations for improvements.

“One of the most critical elements contributing to our region’s quality of life is how we move people and goods through San Luis Obispo County,” SLOCOG Executive Director Ron De Carli said in a news release. “We are asking people to tell us where and what type of improvements they would like to see to better connect our communities.”

The agency’s 101 Mobility Plan will look at 70 miles of the highway that run through San Luis Obispo County, as well as the frontage roads, intersections and access points for bicyclists, pedestrians, transit and park-and-ride lots. The study will conclude in December 2014 and will be available online at http://www.SLOCOGConnectingCommunities.com .

The first round of workshops will be held Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Pavilion on the Lake, 9315 Pismo Ave., in Atascadero; and Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Grover Beach Community Center, 1230 Trouville Ave.

Funding for the $446,000 study comes from a Caltrans planning grant awarded to SLOCOG in fall 2012.