California Department of Transportation
 

California Department of Transportation

Date: December 14, 2012
District: 10 - Stockton
Contact: Angela DaPrato
Phone: (209) 948-7176

NEW SIX-LANE FREEWAY ON STATE ROUTE 99
WILL BRING MORE CONGESTION RELIEF TO CENTRAL VALLEY DRIVERS

MERCED COUNTY - Caltrans and its partners began work today on a new project to make travel between Merced and Madera counties faster and less stressful.

The project will upgrade five miles of the roadway from a four-lane expressway to a six-lane freeway from just north of Chowchilla to Buchanan Hollow Road. A new interchange will also be constructed at Plainsburg Road.

“State Route 99 is a major route in one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “These improvements are critical to the economic vitality of the Central Valley and will help ensure goods and traffic move smoothly.”

The $119 million project is a partnership between Caltrans, Merced County, and the Merced County Association of Governments. The project received $108 million from Proposition 1B, a 2006 voter-approved transportation bond. In total, $14.7 billion in Proposition 1B funds have been distributed statewide.

Construction began in July on another project that is widening seven miles of SR-99 south of Merced from Buchanan Hollow Road to the Miles Creek Overflow.

When both projects are completed by late 2015, Central Valley motorists will be able to travel the entire 12-mile stretch between Merced and Chowchilla on a new six-lane freeway.

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