California Department of Transportation
Date: April 5, 2013
District: 05 - Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Susana Z. Cruz (Caltrans, bilingual) and Sharon Gavin (TAMC)
Phone: (805)549-3138 (831) 775-4415
CALTRANS BREAKS GROUND ON NEW INTERCHANGE AT U.S. HIGHWAY 101/SAN JUAN ROAD
MONTEREY COUNTY - Caltrans and the Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) have begun construction on a project that will improve safety and reduce congestion on U.S. Highway 101 between Dunbarton Road in Monterey County and Cole Road in San Benito County.
“One of the biggest benefits of this project,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty, “is that by eliminating the intersections, we’re making this section of 101 safer while at the same time upgrading it from an expressway to a freeway.”
The $69 million project will remove three major at-grade intersections (San Juan Road, Dunbarton Road, and Cole Road) and replace them with a new interchange near the Red Barn at San Juan Road and U.S.101. The project is supported by $10 million from the Recovery Act and $28 million from Proposition 1B, a 2006 voter-approved bond. In total, nearly $15 billion in Proposition 1B funds have been distributed statewide.
“This corridor is the gateway into Monterey County, so the new interchange will be a huge improvement for our residents”, said TAMC Chair Jerry Edelen.
More than 60,000 vehicles daily travel through the U.S. 101/San Juan Road area.
Granite Construction Company and MCM Construction, a joint venture, are contractors on the project, which is expected to be completed in the winter of 2014.
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