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California Department of Transportation
District 4 - Oakland
December 30, 2009
CALTRANS COMPLETES STIMULUS PROJECT ON INTERSTATE 280
230,000 motorists will commute daily on new, smoother pavement
Santa Clara County – Caltrans today announced that a $15 million pavement preservation project on Interstate 280 financed entirely by President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) has been completed. This project and many others around the state are being completed sooner than expected thanks to Governor Schwarzenegger’s efforts to expedite Recovery Act funding.
"My Administration is working hand-in-hand with President Obama's team to ensure stimulus dollars are pumped into California quickly and responsibly to stimulate the economy and in this instance - invest in the future of California's transportation infrastructure," said Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Caltrans resurfaced nearly 24 lane-miles of pavement on I-280 between Cypress Avenue in San Jose and Tantau Avenue in Cupertino. The freeway in this area was built in 1964 and is used by 230,000 vehicles daily. Caltrans also repaved the on and off-ramps at Saratoga, the Lawrence Expressway and Stevens Creek Boulevard.
“With the help of the Governor Schwarzenegger’s efforts to expedite Recovery Act funds, we are seeing our highways being repaired at a rapid pace, and at the same time, we are creating jobs to strengthen our economy,” said Caltrans Director Randy Iwasaki.
Under Governor Schwarzenegger's leadership, California leads the nation with $2.1 billion in Recovery Act funding obligated to 738 highway and local street transportation projects statewide. Of these, 422 projects worth $2.2 billion have been awarded contracts to begin work, with an additional $440 million in federal stimulus funds expected to be awarded to 121 projects by February 2010. For more information on the Recovery Act visit: http://www.recovery.ca.gov/.