California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

Date: August 16, 2013
District: District 6 – Fresno, Madera, Kings, Tulare & Kern counties
Contact: Gloria Rodriguez, Public Information Officer
Phone: (559) 444-2409


FRESNO – Continuing a push to improve transportation in the Central Valley, Caltrans and the Fresno County Transportation Authority today broke ground on the next stage of a project that will add three much-needed miles to the Kings Canyon Expressway (State Route 180).

“We’re building a faster, safer route for people commuting from eastern Fresno County, farmers hauling produce, and motorists visiting Kings Canyon and the Sequoia National Park,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.

The Kings Canyon Expressway Project (Segment Two) will upgrade a 2.7 mile section of SR-180 from a two-lane highway into a four-lane expressway from just east of Academy Avenue to Smith Avenue near Centerville.

Caltrans completed the first segment of the project in 2009, widening six miles of SR-180 between Temperance Avenue and Academy Avenue. Segment Three will expand the route from Smith Avenue to just east of Frankwood Avenue. When the entire project is completed 12 miles of SR-180 will have been upgraded to a four-lane expressway.

The price tag for the second segment is $41.6 million, including $11.5 million from Proposition 1B, a 2006 voter-approved transportation bond. To date, more than $16 billion in Proposition 1B funding has been put to work statewide. State and local partnership programs and Measure “C”, a half-cent local sales tax dedicated for transportation, also contributed towards the overall cost of this project.

Segment Two is scheduled to be completed by spring 2015.

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