California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

District 5 - Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Jim Shivers or Colin Jones
(805) 549-3237 or 549-3189

January 21, 2010


SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY -- Caltrans has awarded Papich Construction of Pismo Beach a contract to resurface 11 miles of U.S. Highway 101 in San Luis Obispo County between Santa Margarita and Atascadero. The $34.3 million project is being financed primarily ($29.7 million) by President Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act).  The remaining funding is being provided by the State Highway Operation and Protection Program.

"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.

In addition to repaving the highway, Caltrans will also widen bridges at Santa Margarita Creek, Atascadero Creek and Traffic Way, and resurface the on and off-ramps at Santa Margarita, San Diego Road, Santa Rosa Road, Curbaril Avenue, Highway 41 and Traffic Way.  Project Construction is set to begin this spring.

 "When this project is completed, this portion of U.S. Highway 101 will be greatly improved, providing a smooth and reliable ride for the traveling public," said Caltrans Director Randy Iwasaki.

Under Governor Schwarzenegger's leadership, California leads the nation with $2.2 billion in Recovery Act funding obligated to 790 highway and local street transportation projects statewide.  Of these, 427 projects worth $2.36 billion have been awarded contracts to begin work, with an additional $317.8 million in federal stimulus funds expected to be awarded to 106 projects by April 2010. 

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