California Department of Transportation
September 14, 2010
New Caldecott Video Highlights Job Creation
Worker Stories Highlight How Recovery Act Impacts Lives
California Recovery Task Force Director Rick Rice and Caltrans Director Cindy McKim today issued the following statements on a newly released video that provides solid examples of jobs created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act). In the video, workers talk about what it means to them to land a job on California’s largest Recovery Act project, the $420 million Caldecott Fourth Bore project. In these tough economic times, these workers are grateful for the Recovery Act and the jobs that it has created.
“The Caldecott Tunnel Fourth Bore project is a shining example of how the Recovery Act is creating jobs and putting Californians back to work,” said California Task Force Director Rick Rice. “This project represents the best of the Recovery Act as it is providing new opportunities for Californians to get back into the workforce. As the video shows, this project is well on its way to alleviating traffic congestion and improving California’s infrastructure.”
While much of the work is related to physical construction activities, the project also has created work for an array of engineers, paleontologists and small business owners, some of whom are interviewed in the video.
“It’s exciting to see how Recovery Act projects put our contractors back to work,” said Caltrans Director Cindy McKim. “This project is one of the best examples in the nation of the economic stimulus plan doing what it is designed to do: improve our vital infrastructure and provide good quality jobs. We are thankful that the stimulus funds were there to kick-start this project.”
In addition, the five-minute video, which can be found at www.recovery.ca.gov, captures much of the initial construction work on the new tunnel.
This is the first in a series of videos that will be produced by Caltrans to document the historic construction of the Caldecott Fourth Bore Project. This video captures initial construction of retaining walls, as well as the first drilling by the roadheader, a 130-ton tunneling machine, which will bore most of the tunnel. Workers interviewed include miners, engineers, and a sub-contractor who is monitoring the noise created by the project.
About the Caldecott Fourth Bore Project
The Caldecott Fourth Bore Project will eliminate a long-standing bottleneck on State Route 24 between Oakland and eastern Contra Costa County by building a fourth tunnel bore to accommodate the growth in traffic since the third bore was built in 1964. The project was stalled during the financial crisis of 2008/09 when financial markets dried up and California could not get funding for its bonds. The Governor and members of the federal legislature successfully lobbied the federal government to obtain American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to finance nearly half the project. Under Governor Schwarzenegger’s leadership, California has obligated nearly $2.5 billion in Recovery Act funding to 946 highway, local street, and job training transportation projects statewide.