California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

District 5 – San Luis Obispo
Donna Carter or Colin Jones
(805) 549-3318 or (805) 549-3189

July 20, 2010


Monterey County – Caltrans today announced the completion of a $1.3 million safety project that installed about 20 miles of new safety guardrail to help reduce injuries from traffic incidents on State Route 1 (SR-1) between Monterey and Castroville. The project was entirely financed 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 safety of California's transportation infrastructure," said Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The new guardrail was installed from the SR-1/State Route 68 (SR-68) interchange in Monterey to the SR-1/State Route 183 intersection in Castroville. The average daily traffic volume along this section of SR-1 can reach almost 90,000 vehicles. A short section of new guardrail was also put in at the Fairground Road overcrossing on SR-68.

“This project is a great example of how the Recovery Act is bringing in the cash we need to provide a safe roadway for motorists while supporting much-needed jobs,” said Caltrans Director Cindy McKim.

 “We are pleased that stimulus funds allowed us to improve highway safety and create jobs at the same time,” said Nate Perry, project manager of J. Fletcher Creamer and Son Inc of Sylmar, the contractor for this $1.3 million project.

Under Governor Schwarzenegger's leadership, California has obligated nearly $2.5 billion in Recovery Act funding to 931 highway, local street, and job training transportation projects statewide.  For more information on the Recovery Act visit: