California Department of Transportation
May 24, 2010
STIMULUS DELIVERS MILLIONS FOR TRAFFIC TECHNOLOGY PROJECT TO REDUCE DELAYS FOR MOTORISTS
Sacramento – Caltrans today announced that work has begun on a $3.3 million project to install new electronic message signs and closed circuit television cameras (CCTV) on four Northern California highways. The project was financed entirely by President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). This project is starting sooner than expected thanks to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s efforts to expedite Recover 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.
Fifteen new electronic message signs (12 in Sacramento County) will be installed on Interstate 5 and the Capital City Freeway in Sacramento; Interstate 80 in Rocklin; Interstate 5 in Williams in Colusa County; and State Route 99 in Elk Grove and Galt. Nine new CCTV cameras will be installed on the same roadways, excluding the Capital City Freeway. Currently, 48 electronic message signs and 76 CCTV cameras are active in the Sacramento region and the surrounding counties in Northern California.
Caltrans posts information on the electronic message signs (which use LED technology) about traffic incidents, road closures, inclement weather, travel times, and Amber Alerts. Caltrans uses CCTV cameras to monitor traffic congestion and incidents, identify stranded motorists, and observe weather conditions. Video images from the cameras will be available to the public on the Internet when the project is complete this fall. The prime contractor is Peterson-Chase General Engineering Construction, Incorporated of Irvine, California.
“In these tough economic times, projects like this help to keep our key people on the payroll,” said Dick Vogels, Vice President, Peterson-Chase Engineering Construction, Incorporated.
Under Governor Schwarzenegger’s leadership, California leads the nation with $2.52 billion in Recovery Act funding obligated to 930 highway, local street, and job training transportation projects statewide. For more information o the Recovery Act visit: http://recovery.ca.gov/