California Department of Transportation District 11 ­ San Diego & Imperial Counties

District 11

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Contact: Public Information Officer Cathryne Bruce-Johnson

Phone: (619) 688-6670

Construction Begins on Final Stage of Brawley Bypass

SAN DIEGO – Caltrans and the Imperial County Transportation Commission today celebrated the completion of the second stage and the start of construction on the final stage of the Brawley Bypass Project in Imperial County. The $236 million project received $80 million from Proposition 1B, a voter-approved 2006 transportation bond.

“This project will bring traffic congestion relief to Brawley, making daily travel along Main Street much easier for local residents,” said Caltrans Director Cindy McKim. “The new bypass will also improve the movement of goods from Mexico to the Los Angeles Basin and the rest of the nation.”

When completed in 2013, the project will redirect traffic around the city, reducing congestion and the cost to maintain Main Street, which currently experiences a heavy volume of traffic. The project is constructing eight miles of a four-lane divided expressway from State Route 86 north of Brawley to south of the eastern junction of State Route 78 and State Route 111. Other features of the project include bridges at the New River and Union Pacific Railroad crossings, an interchange with SR-111, and accommodation for the future Brawley Airport expansion.

To date, Caltrans, the California Transportation Commission, and Department of Finance have allocated almost $8 billion in Proposition 1B funds for transportation purposes.

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