California Department of Transportation
Date: January 24, 2014
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Jim Shivers or Colin Jones
Phone: (805) 549-3237 or (805) 549-3189
CALTRANS COMPLETES SANTA MARIA RIVER BRIDGES PROJECT ON U.S. HIGHWAY 101
SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY – Caltrans today completed a $47 million project to improve the Santa Maria River Bridges on U.S. Highway 101 near the Santa Barbara-San Luis Obispo County line and reduce travel times for 60,000 daily drivers.
“These wider bridges will help ease traffic congestion and improve bicycle safety on the Central Coast,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.
The project added a third lane in each direction on the bridges, a new bicycle lane, and upgraded the on/off ramps.
The project was primarily funded ($24.5 million) by Proposition 1B, a 2006 voter-approved transportation bond. In total, more than $17 billion in Proposition 1B funds have been put to work statewide for transportation purposes.
In addition, the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments contributed $7.8 million and the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments provided $2.5 million.
Caltrans currently has more than 600 ongoing contracts in construction statewide, valued at more than $11.3 billion. Caltrans recently highlighted 13 major transportation infrastructure projects completed in 2013 that will help improve mobility, safety and sustainability throughout California’s transportation system.
For traffic updates on other state highways in San Luis Obispo County, call Caltrans District 5 Public Affairs at 805-549-3318, or visit the District 5 website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist05/road_information.htm
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