California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

District 1 - Eureka
Phil Frisbie, Jr.
(707) 441-4678

June 10, 2010


Eureka – Caltrans announced today that work has begun on an $8.3 million project to replace the Russian River Bridge on State Route 222 (SR-222) in Mendocino County. The new bridge will increase safety by providing two 12-foot traffic lanes with wider shoulders. The project is primarily financed ($7.9 million) 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 the California’s transportation infrastructure,” said Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

SR-222 is the gateway to the small community of Talmage and is also the primary access for more than 16,000 vehicles each year to the Bureau of Land Management’s 52,000-acre Cow Mountain Recreation Area. The project is scheduled to be completed by fall 2011.

"The public works infrastructure industry provides many job opportunities and resulting economic growth, when given the chance to construct much-needed projects in California. Stimulus funds give us the ability to provide these job opportunities and make a real difference in terms of improved infrastructure and economic growth," said L. Clifford, Chief Financial Officer for C.C. Myers, Incorporated, the project’s contractor.

Under Governor Schwarzenegger's leadership, California has obligated more than $2.52 billion in Recovery Act funding to 930 highway, local street and job training transportation projects statewide.  For more information on the Recovery Act visit: