$238M Allocated to Enhance Calif.’s Highways, Transit

Mon August 31, 2009 - West Edition

The Bay Area and Sacramento were the biggest beneficiaries as $238 million was allocated statewide by the California Transportation Commission for a dozen highway and transit projects to boost the state’s economy.

Doyle Drive, the 70-year old southern access to the Golden Gate Bridge and a vital transportation link between San Francisco and Marin counties, received a $91.6 million allocation. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will replace a mile-long section of the roadway with a modern, seismically safe parkway. Due to $100 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, construction on the project is now slated to begin this fall, instead of the originally scheduled date of April 2011. This will save California taxpayers $90 million.

The Sacramento Area Council of Governments received an $87.2 million allocation from Proposition 1B, the 2006 voter-approved $19.9 billion transportation bond, for a Caltrans project to construct new bus/carpool lanes on Highway 50 from Sacramento to Rancho Cordova. $7.2 million of the allocation for this project is contingent upon approval of a budget revision by the Department of Finance.

“These transportation projects are keeping people employed and working to improve California’s highways and transit systems for everyone,” said Caltrans Director Will Kempton.