California Department of Transportation
District 3 - Marysville
Jody Jones, District Director
December 29, 2009
STIMULUS ACT FUNDS PROJECT TO PROVIDE REAL-TIME TRAFFIC DATA
Sacramento - Caltrans today announced the completion of a project that installed new traffic monitoring systems at select locations on four Northern California highways. The project was financed entirely by President Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). 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.
The $1.2 million project installed 18 electronic sensors and under-pavement loop detectors on Interstates 5 and 80 and State Routes 65 and 99 at key locations in Sacramento, Placer and Yolo counties. Prime contractor M & M Electric of Sacramento completed this project on time and within budget.
These traffic-monitoring systems will provide real-time traffic volume data, which can be used by motorists to make informed travel decisions. Data from these detectors will also be used to monitor and manage traffic at Caltrans' Regional Traffic Management Center in Rancho Cordova.
"Thanks to this Recovery Act funded project, commuters in Northern California will be able plan their routes better to reduce their travel time," 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.