Costa Mesa, CA officials and residents discuss new bike lanes, crossing, path and sidewalk planned for Merrimac Way project

Almost a year after giving residents a sneak peek at the possibilities, Costa Mesa is continuing to move ahead with a planned makeover of Merrimac Way that would add buffered bike lanes, a new pedestrian crossing and a multi-use path.

During a community meeting Thursday at City Hall, officials said a major motivation for the project is to curb speeding along Merrimac between Harbor Boulevard and Fairview Road while making it safer to walk and bike in the area.