California Department of Transportation
 

California Department of Transportation

District 6 - Fresno
Holly Vogel
(661) 326-3968

December 30, 2009

IMPROVEMENTS ON STATE ROUTE 14 ARE COMPLETED IN KERN COUNTY

Kern County – Caltrans today announced it has resurfaced 25 miles of aging highway pavement on State Route 14 in eastern Kern County.  President Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) provided all of the funding for the $4.8 million project.  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 repaved two rural segments of SR-14: from Business Route 58 near Mojave to about five miles north of California City Boulevard and from one mile north of Red Rock Canyon Road to State Route 178.  Residents of Ridgecrest, Inyokern and Mojave regularly travel along these sections of SR-14.  The highway is also a popular route with
Southern Californians headed to recreational areas, such as Mammoth Mountain and Mono Lake.

"The Recovery Act is providing the money we need to improve highways in Kern County and in every region of state," said Caltrans Director Randy Iwasaki.  "With the help of the Governor Schwarzenegger's efforts to expedite Recovery Act funds, Caltrans is targeting federal stimulus dollars where they are most effective."

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/.