California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

District 10 - Stockton
Lisa Balcom
(209) 941-6562

February 17, 2010


Merced County - Caltrans today announced construction has begun on the $34.3 million West Merced Overhead Project on State Route 99. The project will primarily be financed by an infusion of almost $30 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) funds.

"My Administration is working hard to ensure Recovery Act dollars go toward funding jobs and investing in the future of California's transportation infrastructure," said Governor Amold Schwarzenegger.

Scheduled for completion by spring 2012, this project will replace two bridges at the West Merced Overhead and retrofit two Bear Creek Bridges. All of the bridges are located on State Route 99 in Merced. The project's contractor is RGW Construction Incorporated of Livermore.

"The Recovery Act is providing vital funding to improve transportation in every region of California, including the Central Valley. We're investing Recovery Act dollars where they are most effective - supporting our economy by preserving and funding jobs," said Caltrans Director Randy Iwasaki.

'We look forward to a successful partnership with Caltrans in building this project, ~ said David Kennedy, Operations Manager, RGW Construction Incorporated. wThis project is good for the traveling public, the construction industry, and California's economy."

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Recovery Act and under Governor Schwarzenegger's leadership, California leads the nation with $2.47 billion in Recovery Act funding obligated to 898 highway and local street transportation projects statewide. Of these, 481 projects worth $2.45 billion have been awarded contracts to begin work, with an additional $317 million in Recovery Act funds expected to be awarded to 94 projects by April. For more information on the Recovery Act visit: .gov