California Department of Transportation
Date: May 7, 2013
District: 6 - Fresno
Contact: Jose Camarena
Phone: (559) 488-4067
CALIFORNIA TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION APPROVES NEARLY $1 BILLION IN NEW CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS TO IMPROVE TRANSPORTATION AND DRIVE ECONOMIC GROWTH
FRESNO – The state’s vast transportation system received a major infusion of cash today, as the California Transportation Commission (CTC) allocated $878 million in funding to 114 projects that will support job growth, alleviate traffic delays, and repair aging roads and bridges.
“The benefits these projects bring are a huge boon to our economy,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty, “This investment in our transportation system creates jobs and improves the quality of life for all Californians.”
The allocations include $476 million from Proposition 1B, a 2006 voter-approved transportation bond. In total, nearly $15.5 billion in Proposition 1B funds have been put to work statewide.
“This billion-dollar investment helps preserve California’s great infrastructure of the past and put thousands of Californian’s to work building something new,” said Brian Kelly, Acting Secretary of the Business, Transportation & Housing Agency. “These investments in preservation and innovation are absolutely critical to California’s economy: In 2010, traffic congestion caused 95 million hours of delay, wasting fuel and squandering productive, economic activity.”
Highlights of the funding allocations include:
- An allocation of $597,000 towards erosion control along State Route 178 in Kern
- An allocation of more than $400,000 in the City of Fresno to replace metal beam
guardrail with concrete barriers, widen shoulders, and replace existing roadside
trees with ground plant cover along State Route 41 to increase safety and reduce
future maintenance costs.
For information about all projects that received allocations today please see the attached file.
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