California Department of Transportation District 11 & San Diego & Imperial Counties

District 11

Friday, May 10, 2013

Contact: Media Relations Officer Cathryne Bruce-Johnson

Phone: (619) 688-6670

California Transportation Commission Approves Nearly $1 Billion In New Construction Projects To Improve Transportation And Drive Economic Growth

SAN DIEGO – The state’s vast transportation system received a major infusion of cash Tuesday, as the California Transportation Commission (CTC) allocated $878 million in funding to 114 projects that will support job growth, alleviate traffic delays, and repair aging roads and bridges.  

“The benefits these projects bring are a huge boon to our economy,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty, “This investment in our transportation system creates jobs and improves the quality of life for all Californians.”

The allocations include $476 million from Proposition 1B, a 2006 voter-approved transportation bond. In total, nearly $15.5 billion in Proposition 1B funds have been put to work statewide.

“This billion-dollar investment helps preserve California’s great infrastructure of the past and put thousands of Californian’s to work building something new,” said Brian Kelly, Acting Secretary of the Business, Transportation & Housing Agency. “These investments in preservation and innovation are absolutely critical to California’s economy: In 2010, traffic congestion caused 95 million hours of delay, wasting fuel and squandering productive, economic activity.”

Highlights of local funding allocations include:

$79.7 million was awarded for State Route 11(SR-11)/State Route 905 (SR-905) construction of 2.4 miles of new highway on SR-11from the SR-11/905 Separation to Enrico Fermi Drive and on SR-905 from just east of the La Media Road Undercrossing to just west of the Airway Road Undercrossing.  This project of national significance includes freeway to freeway connectors and one local interchange and will improve access from the cargo side of the existing Otay Mesa Port of Entry to the United States.

$8 million was awarded for the Interstate 5 (I-5)/ Genesee Avenue Interchange Reconstruction in San Diego from south of Genesee Avenue Overcrossing to the Sorrento Viaduct.  Reconstruction of the I-5 Genesee Bridge and interchange include ramps and retaining walls.  This innovated project is expected to save 200 vehicle hours a day.

For information about all projects that received allocations today please see the attached file.

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