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California Department of Transportation
Date: August 11, 2011
District: District 5 - San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Monterey, San Benito, Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Colin Jones
$2.2 Billion in New Funding Allocated to Transportation Projects to help drive State’s Economic Growth
DISTRICT 5 CENTRAL COAST– Continuing the push to rebuild California’s infra-structure and spur job growth, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) has allocated $2.2 billion in new funding to 146 highway, transit and rail projects statewide.
The funding included $863 million from Proposition 1B, a 2006 voter-approved state transportation bond. To date, the state has allocated more than $9 billion in Prop. 1B funds.
“We are putting transportation dollars to work creating jobs and making transportation improvements that will benefit Californians now and for decades to come,” said Acting Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.
Highlights of the funding allocations include:
Highway 101/41 Landscaping in Atascadero -- $586,000 was approved by the CTC for revegetation and planting at the busy inter-change, which serves as the gateway into Atascadero and recently received a major upgrade by Caltrans. This important mitigation project will include thousands of mostly native shrubs and trees with a few ornamental species on four acres of both state and city property at the interchange. A new irrigation system for optimal water management will also be installed. The landscaping project is expected to begin this fall with a 3-year plant establishment period.
For information about all projects that received allocations please see: http://www.dot.ca.gov/docs/ctcprojectallocationsaugust2011.pdf
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