California Department of Transportation
November 4, 2010
District 4 - Oakland
(510) 715-6730 mobile
CALIFORNIA’S FIRST RECOVERY ACT TRANSPORTATION PROJECT TO BREAK GROUND IS COMPLETED
Solano County – Caltrans today announced the completion of the first Recovery Act transportation project to break ground in California. The $23.7 million project was primarily financed ($19.5 million) by President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). The project resurfaced a 50-year-old section of Interstate 80 (I-80) between State Route 12 and Air Base Parkway in Fairfield, providing a smooth, new roadway for nearly 200,000 commuters and truckers who use the route daily.
“The completion of this project shows how my Administration is working hard to ensure that Recovery Act 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 project came in 40 percent under original cost estimates, and the savings are being used to advance other transportation projects.
“Caltrans plans to invest more than $1 billion into the I-80 corridor from the Bay Area to the Nevada state line. This investment will not only improve this vital transportation link, but will also support job creation throughout Northern California,” said Caltrans Director Cindy McKim.
In 2009, Caltrans made nearly $130 million in improvements to I-80 in Solano County, including nine miles of new bus/carpool lanes and twenty-seven miles of new pavement. Upcoming projects on I-80 in Solano County include the installation of ramp meters between Fairfield and Cordelia and relocating and upgrading truck scales in Cordelia.
Under Governor Schwarzenegger’s leadership, California has obligated nearly $2.6 billion in Recovery Act funding to 991 highway, local street, and job training transportation projects statewide. For more information on the Recovery Act visit: http://recovery.ca.gov/
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