Aug 7, 2013 3:11 PM
Caltrans’ Transportation Commission has approved nearly half a billion in funds to improve travel and safety across the state, $27 million if which will be spent on SR 299 in Shasta County.
The California Transportation Commission is taking action to improve transportation, safety, and mobility from Del Norte to San Diego County,” said California Transportation Agency Secretary Brian Kelly. “These construction projects put people to work and improve the quality of life for millions of Californians.”
According to the press release, the allocations include $169 million from Proposition 1B, a 2006 voter-approved transportation bond. It has been estimated that more than $16 billion, in Proposition 1B funds have been put to work statewide with the $16 billion in Proposition 1B funds have been put to work statewide, with the remaining $318 million in allocations today coming from various state and federal transportation accounts.
“California is investing in transportation infrastructure to support regional job growth and improve the state’s mobility for years to come,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.
The release also stated $27 million from the initiative will be spent to rehabilitate a ten mile section of the roadway on State Route 299 from east of Intermountain Road to west of Backbone Ridge Road. The “Bella Diddy Project” is expected to improve ride quality, prevent further degradation of the road surface, minimize repairs, and extend the overall life of the pavement. The project will also widen the roadway with the addition of an 8-foot shoulder. Caltrans stated the project is funded by the State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP) and will begin construction during the 2014 season. It’s expected to be completed in 2015.
An additional $4.6 million has also been allocated to the cities of Portola, Mount Shasta, Tulelake, Weed, Yreka and the town of Fort Jones for various construction and rehabilitation projects.