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June 14, 2010
STIMULUS PROVIDES NEARLY $50 MILLION TO EASE TRAFFIC CONGESTION
Irvine – Caltrans and the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) broke ground today on the $323 million West County Connector Project, which will bring congestion relief where three major freeways (Interstate 405, Interstate 605, and State Route 22) converge. The project is partially funded ($49.5 million) by President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). The remaining funding comes from Proposition 1B ($186 million), the 2006 voter-approved transportation bond championed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and by the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program ($87 million).
“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.
This two-phase project traverses the cities of Garden Grove, Westminster, Seal Beach, Los Alamitos, and the community of Rossmoor. The project will reduce congestion by creating a seamless bus/carpool lanes link on the San Diego Freeway (I-405) with those on the Garden Grove Freeway (SR-22) and San Gabriel Freeway (I-605). The project is expected to be completed by summer 2014.
"This project will strengthen the region's economy with jobs and improve the quality of life by reducing traffic congestion for hundreds of thousands of commuters who use this route each day," said Caltrans Director Cindy McKim.
“We are looking forward to seeing this vital transportation project bring congestion relief to drivers in Orange County and provide much-needed jobs for the construction sector,” said OCTA Chairman Jerry Amante. “Creating employment opportunities through infrastructure projects like the West County Connector is a critical component in rebuilding our economy.”
Under Governor Schwarzenegger’s leadership, California leads the nation with $2.52 billion in Recovery Act funding obligated to 930 highway, local street, and job training transportation projects statewide. For more information on the Recovery Act visit: http://recovery.ca.gov/