California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

Headquarters - Public Affairs Office
Alicia Santos
(209) 948-7977

August 29, 2008


STANISLAUS COUNTY - The Department of Transportation (Caltrans) hosted the State Route 219/Kiernan Avenue Widening Project’s groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, August 29, 2008.

Speakers included: Will Kempton, Director, Caltrans; Kome Ajise, Caltrans District 10 Director; Kirk Lindsey, Commissioner, California Transportation Commission; Vince Harris, Executive Director, Stanislaus Council of Governments; Mayor Jim Ridenour, City of Modesto; Lisa Mantarro, Representative, United States Congressman Dennis Cardoza’s Office; Wendy Rodman, Representative, State Senator Dave Cogdill’s Office; and Bob Phelan, District Director State Assembly Member Tom Berryhill’s Office.

“This Proposition 1B funded project will improve safety, decrease congestion, and keep California’s economy moving,” said Governor Schwarzenegger.

The $49.5 million project, made possible with funding from Prop 1B, will widen 2.5 miles of State Route 219 from a two-lane conventional highway to a four-lane expressway from State Route 99 to just west of Dale Road and provide a west-east corridor for eastern Stanislaus County residents.

“This is an important project to the City of Modesto and Stanislaus County,” said Caltrans Director Will Kempton, “because it will relieve current and future traffic congestion and support the movement of goods and people along State Route 219 to access State Route 99 the life line of the central valley.”