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California Department of Transportation
District 2 - Redding
June 14, 2010
STIMULUS PROVIDES $28.2 MILLION TO BUILD NEW PLUMAS COUNTY BRIDGE
Project is 11,000th stimulus transportation project nationwide
Plumas County – Caltrans today announced that construction has begun on a $28.6 million project to build a new Spanish Creek Bridge on State Route 70, improving a vital transportation link in Plumas County. The project is financed primarily ($28.2 million) by President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and is the 11,000th transportation project to be obligated stimulus funding nationwide.
"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 Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The construction cost of this project ($12.7 million) is 36.5 percent lower than Caltrans’ original estimate. The savings - $7.5 million in stimulus funds - will be redirected to fund additional highway projects.
A new 627-foot concrete arch bridge will be constructed approximately 40 feet west of the existing steel truss bridge, which was built in 1932. The new bridge will meet modern seismic and permit truckload standards. The project is expected to be completed by late 2012. The Spanish Creek Campground will be closed for the duration of the project.
"The public works infrastructure industry provides many job opportunities when given the chance to construct important, much-needed projects in California. The stimulus funds give us the ability to provide these job opportunities and make a real difference for the state and the taxpayers, both in terms of improved infrastructure and economic growth," said L. Clifford, Chief Financial Officer for C.C. Myers, Incorporated, the project’s contractor.
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/