California Department of Transportation District 11 ­ San Diego & Imperial Counties

District 11

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Contact: Public Information Officer Hayden Manning

Phone: (619) 688-6670

Caltrans District Director Berman Joins Regional Leaders In Groundbreaking Of I-805 Freeway Improvement

SAN DIEGO – Standing in the heart of what is considered San Diego’s major employment region, Caltrans District Director Laurie Berman along with other federal, state and local transportation officials broke ground today on the Interstate 805 (I-805) High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV)/Carroll Canyon Road Extension Project.

The $90.3 million construction project will help relieve traffic congestion by giving carpoolers alternative access to the freeway and other motorist more options through the area.

“More than 187,000 vehicles travel this freeway during peak hours,” Berman told the crowd on hand for the event. “This project will have a huge impact on reducing traffic congestion on one of region’s busiest portions of freeway.”

Construction crews will extend Carroll Canyon Road under I-805 and build an HOV lane in each direction along the freeway to and from I-5 to Carroll Canyon Road.  A northbound Direct Access Ramp will also be added from the Carroll Canyon Road Extension to the HOV lanes.

Berman said that nearly $52 million of the project’s $90.3 million total price tag is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – otherwise known as federal stimulus dollars.  These are funds that are helping to sustain economic recovery for the region at a time when it is needed most.

The project also received $24.1 million from the TransNet sales tax administered by the San Diego Association of Governments and $14.4 million from the city of San Diego (including $2.7 million from Qualcomm).

The project is expected to be completed by late 2012 or early 2013.

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