California Department of Transportation
 

California Department of Transportation

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

May 10, 2010

CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON STIMULUS PROJECT NEAR LASSEN NATIONAL PARK

Redding – California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 2 announced that construction has started on a $7.7 million curve realignment project that will improve safety on State Route 44 in Shasta County.  The project, awarded to J.F. Shea Construction of Redding, is financed primarily ($6.4 million) by President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). This project and many others around the state are beginning construction sooner than expected thanks to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s efforts to expedite stimulus 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 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 that will 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. 

“This project is a great example of using partnerships to improve the state’s highway system,” said Caltrans Chief Deputy Director, Cindy McKim. “Stimulus projects such as this are increasing the safety of our roads while providing jobs to Californians when they need them the most.”

”Putting people to work in these tough economic times is important,” said Ed Kernaghan, Vice President of J.F. Shea Construction. “This project is a great use of stimulus money. It will provide a much-needed boost to the local economy.”

"Under Governor Schwarzenegger’s leadership, California leads the nation with $2.53 billion in Recovery Act funding obligated to 915 highway, local street, and job training transportation projects statewide.  For more information on the Recovery Act visit: http://recovery.ca.gov/

 

###