The Tulare County Association of Governments (TCAG) has prepared a federally funded Overall Work Program each year since FHWA designation as a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) following the 1980 census. Additionally, the Visalia Urban Area’s designation as a Large UZA as a result of the 2010 Census caused TCAG to be designated as a Transportation Management Area (TMA). Therefore, TCAG has a new level of planning requirements including the development of a Congestion Management Process and Program. This work program will continue the comprehensive transportation planning required of each MPO in the United States….
This event was hosted by Alpaugh Elementary to celebrate the end of the school year; kids got to enjoy water slide, and multiple fun booths! TCAG partnered with Alpaugh Elementary to provide important bike safety lessons. 60 helmets were distributed and properly fitted to students. Hundreds of reusable bike lights were given to children who answered bike safety questions correctly. Overall it was a very successful event that reached hundreds of kids in the community of Alpaugh.
TCAG staff helped support a local Cub-Scouts bike rodeo in the City of Tulare on May 20th. The event featured obstacle courses for children, a helmet safety demonstration, and a “Slow race,” where kids try to ride their bike as slow as possible in a straight line without letting their feet touch the ground. Whoever gets there last wins! The Tulare City Police Department also showed up to educate children about how to ride safely. Helmets were offered by TCAG which were obtained by a grant to children who needed one.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held May 24th in Tulare County for the Betty Drive interchange. When the project is complete, commuters in the area will have a smoother and safer experience entering/exiting State Route 99. “This project would not have happened without the vital funding that Measure R is providing,” said Caltrans District 6 Director Sharri Bender Ehlert. “Investments like Measure R are what get local improvement projects to the construction stage, providing important highway improvements, enhancing mobility, and improving safety across the Central Valley.”