Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014
Contact: Caltrans Media Relations Officer Cathryne Bruce-Johnson, (619) 688-6670
$138 Million in New Transportation Funding Will Upgrade State’s Transportation System and Drive Economic Growth
SAN DIEGO – The California Transportation Commission has allocated $138 million in new funding to 32 projects that will improve highways, bridges, and passenger rail and further strengthen the state’s economy.
“From one end of the state to the other, transportation projects are providing good paying jobs while at the same time reducing traffic congestion for the people and businesses in California,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.
The allocations include approximately $25 million from Proposition 1B, a transportation bond approved by voters in 2006. To date, more than $17 billion in Proposition 1B funds have been put to work statewide for transportation purposes.
The remaining $113 million in allocations came from assorted transportation accounts funded by state and federal dollars.
Highlights of the funding allocations include $3.4 million to construct a median barrier and upgrade metal beam guardrail end treatments on a four-mile stretch of Interstate 15 near Escondido from Deer Springs Road to the Gopher Canyon Road Undercrossing. The improvements are needed to reduce the number and severity of traffic collisions.
The Interstate 8 (I-8)/Dogwood Road Interchange Project in El Centro, Imperial County received $16.7 million to widen ramps and install traffic signals at the intersection. The project will help reduce congestion on I-8 and Dogwood Road as well as increase the interchange capacity and provide easier access to local streets.
Please see the attached file for more information about all projects that received allocations.
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