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California Department of Transportation
March 9, 2011
District 11 - San Diego and Imperial Counties
Contact: Public Information Officer Hayden Manning
Caltrans project will ease congestion at Interstate 805/5 interchange, complete 10 miles of carpool lanes
San Diego – Caltrans today announced construction has begun on the $90 million Interstate 805/Carroll Canyon Road Extension Project, which will help reduce congestion, provide easier access to the I-805/5 interchange and complete a 10-mile carpool lane. The project was primarily financed ($52 million) by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). The project also received $14.4 million from the city of San Diego and $24.1 million from the San Diego Association of Governments.
Motorists on both I-805 and Mira Mesa Boulevard experience heavy traffic congestion – an average of nearly 150,000 vehicles daily. The project will extend Carroll Canyon Road under I–805. A direct access ramp also will be built from Carroll Canyon Road to the bus/carpool lanes in the freeway median.
“This project does more than just provide new lanes, it gives commuters an incentive to share a ride on one of the busiest freeways in San Diego County,” said Caltrans Director Cindy McKim.
The project is expected to be completed in late 2012 or early 2013.
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: http://recovery.ca.gov/
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