Morro Bay path funding coming together

An overlook along the trail proposed in Morro Bay.
An overlook along the trail proposed in Morro Bay. Courtesy of the city of Morro Bay

The San Luis Obispo Council of Government has requested $352,000 from the California Transportation Commission for the construction of a Morro Bay bike path and bridge.

SLOCOG expects to receive the allocation from the CTC after its June 26 meeting, the agency announced in a statement Wednesday.

The project, which would connect North Morro Bay to the downtown Embarcadero, was permitted by the California Coastal Commission in May.

If the CTC funding is approved, the city will have lined up $1.4 million of the expected $1.8 million cost from various sources to build the beachside pathway for pedestrians and cyclists.

The National Scenic Byways Program has committed $220,000, Caltrans Regional Surface Transportation Program is providing $628,000, and San Luis Obispo Council of Governments will allocate $200,000 from discretionary transportation funds.

The bridge will be 130 feet long and 12½ feet wide, taking the pathway over Morro Creek so residents no longer have to walk or ride through the creek to get to the other side.

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