California Department of Transportation
May 11, 2010
STIMULUS PROVIDES $9 MILLION TO RESURFACE STATE ROUTE 99 NEAR GRIDLEY
Butte County - Caltrans today announced that construction has begun on a $9 million project that will resurface nearly five miles of State Route 99 near Gridley. The project was financed entirely by President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act).
"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 highway will be resurfaced with open-graded asphalt concrete, which absorbs rainwater better than most pavement and will last 10 – 15 years.
The project will also widen the road’s shoulders, add a center left-turn pocket, and replace the highway’s drainage system. As many as 12,000 vehicles travelling this section of SR-99 daily will benefit from these improvements.
“With the help of the Recovery Act, we are improving highways in every region of California and at the same time helping the state’s economy by providing jobs,” said Caltrans Chief Deputy Director Cindy McKim.
"Granite Construction is very pleased to have the opportunity to work on this project and keep our personnel employed, as well as provide opportunities for small, disadvantaged, minority, and women-owned businesses," said Jacque Fourchy, spokesperson for Granite.
Under Governor Schwarzenegger's leadership, California has obligated more than $2.53 billion in Recovery Act funding to 915 highway, local street and job training transportation projects statewide. For more information on the Recovery Act visit: http://recovery.ca.gov/