California Department of Transportation
 

California Department of Transportation

District 4 - Oakland
Bob Haus
(510) 286-5576

November 18, 2009

FIRST STATE RECOVERY ACT TRANSPORTATION PROJECT IN SONOMA COUNTY COMPLETED ON TIME, WITHIN BUDGET

Jenner – Caltrans today announced it has finished all major construction on a $450,000 highway repaving project on U.S. Route 1 in Sonoma County that was financed entirely by President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act).  The project is the first state Recovery Act transportation project completed in the county.   

"My Administration is working hand-in-hand with President Obama's team to ensure stimulus dollars are pumped into California quickly and responsibly to stimulate the economy and in this instance - invest in the future of California's transportation infrastructure," said Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Caltrans finished the project in just three weeks.  Two segments of U.S. Route 1 were repaved: a five-mile stretch of U.S. 1 between Fort Ross Road and Timber Cove Road and an eight-mile section between Sea Wall Drive and the Gualala River Bridge near the Sonoma/Mendocino county line.  Motorists who travel on these segments will now enjoy smoother and safer rides.

“The Recovery Act is providing us the money we need to improve the condition of our roads in every region of California.  Caltrans is targeting these federal stimulus dollars where they are most effective,” said Caltrans Director Randy Iwasaki. 

Under Governor Schwarzenegger's leadership, California leads the nation with more than $2 billion in Recovery Act funding obligated to more than 700 highway and local street projects statewide.  Of these, 370 projects worth $1.97 billion have been awarded to contractors to begin work, with an additional $500 million in federal stimulus funds expected to be awarded on 131 projects by February 2010.  For more information on the Recovery Act visit: http://recovery.ca.gov/.