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California Department of Transportation
District 2 - Redding
June 2, 2010
ECONOMIC STIMULUS PROVIDES $305,000 TO IMPROVE STATE ROUTE 299 IN DOWNTOWN WEAVERVILLE
Redding – Caltrans today announced construction will begin Monday, June 7, 2010, on a $560,000 project on State Route 299 in downtown Weaverville. The project, awarded to Mercer Fraser Company, Eureka, CA, is funded primarily with $305,000 from President Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). This project was awarded sooner than expected thanks to the governor's efforts to expedite transportation 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.
State Route 299 serves as Weaverville’s downtown “Main Street,“ passing through a historic district with pedestrian and bicycle traffic and on-street parallel parking. The project is designed to allow motorists to transition safely to lower speeds as they enter downtown - improving safety to both motorists and pedestrians. The project will also build new sidewalks, curbs and gutters, crosswalks, bike lanes and a specially marked highway island. These improvements will enhance safety and reduce air pollution by promoting non-vehicular modes of transportation. Work is expected to be completed this summer.
Under Governor Schwarzenegger’s leadership, California has obligated $2.52 billion in Recovery Act funding obligated to 930 highway, local street, and job training transportation projects statewide. For more information on the Recovery Act visit: http://recovery.ca.gov/