CHICO, Calif. - Assemblyman James Gallagher announced Tuesday his plan to secure $15 million in infrastructure to spur housing in Chico.
Specifically, he is pursuing $10 million to widen Bruce Road and another $5 million for the Bruce Road bridge widening project over Little Chico Creek. A funding commitment for the bridge project would trigger the construction of 350 single-family homes and between 150-200 affordable housing units.
Earlier this month, the legislature approved a $90 million budget allocation to fund infrastructure projects in rural counties that will help the development of new housing.
“We’ve already had some very promising conversations with the Governor’s office on this request,” Gallagher said. “It’s looking good, but we aren’t taking anything for granted. That’s why we are launching this new effort to build momentum and secure the funding.”
According to Gallagher, the city of Chico will most likely be the official applicant for the funding.
The $10 million Bruce Road widening project would complete a four-lane route with a center median from Skyway to Highway 32. Securing the $15 million from the state will allow the city of Chico to redirect funding that would have otherwise reimbursed developers along Bruce Road for up-front infrastructure costs, Gallagher said.