California Department of Transportation
District 5 – San Luis Obispo
Susana Cruz (bilingual) or Colin Jones
(805) 549-3138 or (805) 549-3189
April 23, 2010
PROPOSITION 1B TRANSPORTATION BOND PROVIDES $18.5 MILLION TO BUILD NEW INTERCHANGE ON STATE ROUTE 1
Monterey County – Caltrans announced today that construction has begun on a new interchange at the intersection of State Route 1 (SR-1) and Salinas Road between Moss Landing and Watsonville. The $30 million project received $18.5 million from Proposition 1B, a $19.9 billion transportation bond supported by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and approved by voters in November 2006.
Nearly $5.7 billion in Proposition 1B funding has been allocated to improve California's transportation system during the past three years.
“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.”
When completed in 2013, the new interchange will reduce delays for up to 43,000 vehicles daily by enabling traffic on Salinas Road to cross above SR-1 instead of waiting at the existing at-grade crossing. The project will also enhance safety by eliminating left-turn conflicts at SR-1 and Salinas Road. In addition, two new frontage roads will be constructed, which will improve access to the coast and local businesses.
“We are excited to begin work on this important transportation project and provide numerous jobs in the process," said the project’s contractor, DeSilva Gates of Burlingame.