SALINAS, Calif. -

Several infrastructure projects in Monterey County will move forward with the awarding of $8.7 million. Included in this funding are downtown Salinas’ street improvements and the new roundabout on the Holman Highway at Highway 1.

The Transportation Agency for Monterey County Board of Directors recently approved the competitive grant funding to transportation improvement projects throughout Monterey County.

Each project submitted by local cities and the County of Monterey is designed to improve safety, reduce congestion & provide access and direct links to communities & business; and in some cases, enhance alternative modes of transportation or stimulate redevelopment.

Some the projects included in this grant funding include the Seaside West Broadway urban village infrastructure improvements project and the King City First Street bicycle and pedestrian improvements south of First Street bridge.

For a complete list of projects funded, click onto http://www.tamcmonterey.org/programs/fund/2014-competitive-grants.html

The three-year Competitive Grants program includes funding from the Regional Surface Transportation Program, Transportation Development Act 2%, and Regional Development Impact Fees to support projects that include bicycle, pedestrian, or transit facilities; link communities with city services; and improve safety.

The program of projects approved by the Board represents a collaborative effort of the Transportation Agency and Monterey County jurisdictions to select projects in a geographically equitable manner.