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California Department of Transportation
February 4, 2011
District 4 - Oakland
U.S. 101 IMPROVEMENTS COMING TO SANTA CLARA COUNTY
Santa Clara County – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), and the city of San Jose today celebrated the beginning of a project that will help relieve chronic traffic jams on U.S. Highway 101 by replacing the Tully Road overcrossing in San Jose.
The $45 million project includes $17 million from Proposition 1B, a transportation bond passed by voters in November 2006, $4 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act), and $24 million in regional and local funding.
“Every investment in infrastructure is an investment in California’s future," said Caltrans Director Cindy McKim. “Transportation projects are improving the quality of life for all Californians while at the same time spurring job growth to support the state's economy.”
The project, which is expected to be completed late spring 2012, will construct an additional lane on southbound U.S. 101 from south of Story Road to north of Capitol Expressway and a southbound merging lane from Tully Road to Capitol Expressway. The project will also replace the Tully Road / Highway 101 interchange, adding a new lane in each direction, widen the on and off-ramps, and install traffic signals.
“It is amazing what can be accomplished when federal, state, and local governments collaborate,” stated Bijan Sartipi, Caltrans District 4 Director. “Through partnering, Caltrans, VTA, and the city of San Jose are moving forward with transportation solutions that will benefit not only the region but the entire state.”
The downturn in the nation’s economy has resulted in fierce competition among contractors with bids on projects much lower than expected. The Highway 101/Tully Road project was awarded $12 million below the estimated cost. This savings can be shifted to other transportation projects.
“It was truly a team effort bringing this project to fruition,” said Michael T. Burns, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority General Manager. “Not only transportation officials, but also elected officials such as Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren and Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese have worked tirelessly to secure the funding for this much anticipated improvement project.”
“The improvement to U.S. 101 and Tully Road is a great example of a project that will not only rebuild our roads, but also help rebuild our economy by creating jobs and getting people back to work,” said Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen. “These improvements will greatly ease congestion and make San Jose a more attractive choice for business, employment, and tourism.”
To date, Caltrans and the California Transportation Commission have allocated nearly $7 billion in Proposition 1B funding to more than 1,000 projects statewide. California has also obligated nearly $2.6 billion in Recovery Act funding to nearly 1,000 highway, local street, and job training transportation projects statewide. For more information on the Recovery Act visit: http://recovery.ca.gov/
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