The Murphys State Route (SR) 4 Complete Streets Project, funded by a Caltrans grant, launched last December.  The project is a partnership between the agency, the Calaveras County Council of Governments and Calaveras County to identify and prioritize projects which would enhance the walkability and opportunities for biking in Murphys, particularly in respect to Highway 4.

project website, which launched in April, provides public viewing of evolving plan documents as well as a link for participating in a survey that will be available in the coming months.

The second of three Community Workshops is coming up on Wednesday, June 27, 2018.  The workshop is intended to gather additional public input and review conceptual design alternatives. Community input will help determine a preferred design. The session is scheduled to take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Old School House (65 Jones Street).

Berkeley-based Placeworks, the project consultants, recently provided a summary of significant issues. Describing Main Street Murphys as a well-loved destination for travelers and residents, whose scale and amenities contribute to a pleasant, pedestrian-oriented experience.

However, it also identified the need for improved facilities for residents, students, employees, and travelers of all ages to be able to stroll and bicycle to destinations in town and identified the highway as a significant barrier. Findings indicate that, in addition to safety, the benefits of creating better facilities and conditions would promote healthy exercise; reduce vehicular congestion; create more available parking; reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions;

A final workshop, tentatively scheduled for late October, is intended further refine the selected alternative, after which a finalized plan is expected to be complete by sometime in December. Slated for early next year is a formal presentation to the Calaveras County Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors.