California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

Headquarters - Public Affairs Office

Tamie McGowen
(916) 657-5060

December 14, 2007


Sacramento – The California Transportation Commission (CTC) has allocated a round of new investments from Proposition 1B, the $19.9 billion transportation bond approved by voters in 2006.

“These projects will relieve traffic congestion, improve air quality, and more importantly, enable Californians to spend more time with their friends and families instead of being stuck in traffic,” stated Caltrans Director Will Kempton.

Proposition 1B projects that received allocations include:

Central Valley - $43 million was allocated to widen three miles of Highway 99 from a four-lane expressway to a six-lane freeway and build a new interchange near Atwater in Merced County. Safety and traffic congestion will be improved by the addition of a lane in each direction and the elimination of four at-grade intersections. Currently, commercial and passenger traffic is confronted with cross traffic and/or slow vehicles entering or exiting the highway via at-grade intersections. These at-grade intersections will be removed. For more information go to this link:

Sacramento - $10 million was allocated to reconstruct an interchange and relocate and expand the existing Park & Ride lot in Elk Grove on Route 99 at Sheldon Road. Built in the 1950s, the Sheldon Road interchange is overdue for much-needed improvements. This project will ease traffic congestion by adding four new lanes (as well as turn lanes) on the overpass. Other improvements included in this project will enhance safety for motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians.

San Diego - $72 million was allocated to construct a new freeway-to-freeway interchange at the junction of State Routes 52 and 67 in the community of Santee. This project will reduce traffic congestion on Interstate 8 and local arterials in Santee and provide direct access between east San Diego County communities and job centers to the west and north. For more information go to this link: