California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

February 22, 2011
District: 5 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Susana Z. Cruz (bilingual) or Colin Jones
Phone: (805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3189


Monterey County – Caltrans announced today the completion of a $5 million project that will improve safety for the traveling public along 37 miles of U.S. Highway 101 in Monterey County. The project was fully financed by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act).

“This project is a great example of how federal Recovery Act funds were put to work locally, improving safety on Highway 101 while at the same time providing much-needed jobs for our economy,” said Caltrans Director Cindy McKim.

Caltrans constructed new acceleration and deceleration lanes at 12 intersections on Highway 101 from King City to Salinas. Both types of lanes enhance safety: an acceleration lane allows motorists to reach full highway speed before merging into fast-moving traffic; a deceleration lane gives drivers time to slow down to a stop or near stop at an intersection before turning left.

California has 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:

For traffic updates on Caltrans projects in Monterey County, residents can call the District 5 toll free number at 1-831-372-0862.

For any information on Caltrans highways and freeways, the public may contact the State recorded California Highway Information Network at (800) 427-7623.

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