California Department of Transportation
District 10 - Stockton
April 19, 2010
PROPOSITION 1B TRANSPORTATION BOND PROVIDES $50 MILLION TO WIDEN STATE ROUTE 99 IN ATWATER
Atwater – Caltrans today announced the completion of a $70 million project that expanded two miles of State Route 99 (SR-99) in Atwater from a four-lane expressway to a six-lane freeway. The project received nearly $50 million from Proposition 1B, the $19.9 billion transportation bond championed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and approved by voters in 2006.
“When the voters passed Proposition 1B, they wanted action and action is what they’re getting. Proposition 1B is paying for vital transportation projects all over California,” said Governor Schwarzenegger, “Investing in our infrastructure is strengthening our economy and creating jobs when we need them most.”
Nearly $5.7 billion in Proposition 1B funding has been allocated to improve California's transportation system during the past three years.
The two-mile section of SR-99 that was widened has an average daily traffic count of approximately 40,000 vehicles. With the completion of this project, there are now five miles of six-lane freeway between Livingston and Atwater, which will help reduce traffic congestion and enhance the movement of goods. The project also built a new interchange at Westside Boulevard.
"Infrastructure projects like this are great investments because they modernize improvements which have been long ignored and provide jobs in a harsh economy,” said Eric Barker, General Manager, Bay Cities Paving and Grading, Incorporated, the contractor for the project. “This Proposition 1B project put our workforce and equipment to work and helped many families to stay afloat."