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Date: March 29, 2012
Contact: Jose Camarena
$271 MILLION IN NEW FUNDING AWARDED TO UPGRADE TRANSPORTATION AND ENHANCE STATE’S ECONOMIC RECOVERY
FRESNO - The California Transportation Commission today allocated $271 million in new funding to 73 projects that will improve the state’s highways and rail systems and enhance the state’s economic recovery.
“We are focused on reducing traffic congestion, increasing safety, and improving goods movement to boost California’s economy,” said Acting Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.
The awarded funding includes $214 million from Proposition 1B, a transportation bond approved by voters in 2006. In total, more than $11 billion in Proposition 1B funds have been distributed statewide.
The remaining $57 million in allocations came from assorted transportation accounts funded by state and federal dollars.
Among the projects that received funding today were:
- An allocation of $318,000 to Kern County for a project near Mojave, at the Route 58 Business West Overcrossing to install a windscreen (chain link fence with vertical inserts/ mesh fabric) to reduce the impact of heavy wind on traffic and reduce the number and severity of collisions at this location.
- An allocation of $2,171,000 to Fresno county for a project on Interstate-5 near Coalinga, from north of Tuolumne Avenue to south of State Route 33 for construction of a double thrie-beam median barrier to reduce the number and severity of traffic collisions along 4 centerline miles.
Note to Media: Please see the attached file for more information about all projects that received allocations today.
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