Spending The Transportation Bond

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The first major chunk of bond money to be spent will go for reducing congestion.  4.5 billion dollars has been set aside.  Today’s the deadline for Caltrans and regional agencies to submit projects they’d like to see funded.  It is a competition of sorts.  The California Transportation Commission will decide which projects get the green light.  But Caltrans director Will Kempton says the competing proposals may actually support each other:

 “so if they see both Caltrans and a local agency recommending investment in a corridor, that’s going to be a big signal to them that that corridor is important and we ought to be looking very carefully at that.”

On Caltrans' list::  In Sacramento, the highway 50 and I-80 corridors.  In Los Angeles, the 405, In San Diego, I-5 and I-15, and in the northern part of the state, I-5 near Redding.   

 The commission will decide which projects to fund by March.