California Department of Transportation
 

California Department of Transportation

District 2 - Redding
Michael Mayor
(530) 225-3214

February 17, 2010

RECOVERY ACT PROVIDES MILLIONS TO IMPROVE STATE ROUTE 44 NEAR LASSEN NATIONAL PARK

REDDING – Caltrans today announced that a contract was awarded to J.F. Shea Construction of Redding for a $7.7 million project that will improve safety for travel along State Route 44 in Shasta County.  The majority of funding ($6.4 million) will be financed by President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act).  This project and many others around the state are being funded sooner than expected thanks to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s efforts to expedite Recovery Act funding.

"My Administration is working hand-in-hand with President Obama's team to ensure stimulus dollars are pumped into California quickly and responsibly to stimulate the economy and in this instance, invest in the future of California's transportation infrastructure," said Governor Schwarzenegger.

This project, which is a partnership between Caltrans and the Federal Highway Administration, with assistance from the Lassen National Forest, is located on State Route 44 just west of Lassen Volcanic National Park at the junction of State Route 89.  The project will make important infrastructure improvements to make the road safer: realigning highway curves, widening shoulders, extending an existing truck-climbing lane and increasing the unobstructed area beyond the edge of the roadway.  Construction will begin in March and is scheduled to be completed by January 2011.

“Recovery Act funds are helping to fund projects that are providing a lifeline to Californians across the state,” said Caltrans Director Randy Iwasaki. “We are funding jobs, simulating the economy and improving the safety of the roads we drive on everyday.”

"We are delighted to have the opportunity to put people to work in these tough economic times," said Ed Kernaghan, Vice President of J.F. Shea Construction. "The project is a great use of stimulus money. It will improve the highway system and provide a boost to the local economy."

"Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Recovery Act and under Governor Schwarzenegger's leadership, California leads the nation with $2.47 billion in Recovery Act funding obligated to 898 highway and local street transportation projects statewide.  Of these, 481 projects worth $2.45 billion have been awarded contracts to begin work, with an additional $317 million in Recovery Act funds expected to be awarded to 94 projects by April.  For more information on the Recovery Act visit: recovery.ca.gov"