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$306 million approved to upgrade transportation

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Marysville — A $650,000 project to reconstruct embankments at four locations along Highway 49 was among projects greenlighted Thursday by the California Transportation Commission, which allocated $306 million to 44 projects that will help ease traffic congestion, improve safety and support economic growth.

“From one end of the state to the other, transportation projects are providing jobs and improving roads, bridges and transit for people and businesses in California,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.

In Nevada County, the $650,000 for embankment reconstruction on Highway 49 will install new and upgraded drainage facilities, stabilize a severely eroded culvert and install downdrain to prevent further slumping of the embankment due to water infiltration.

Additional work includes pavement digouts and shoulder widening near North San Juan, from 1.3 miles south of the Middle Yuba River Bridge to the Middle Yuba River Bridge.

The statewide allocations include $114 million from Proposition 1B, a transportation bond approved by voters in 2006. In total, $14.7 billion in Proposition 1B funds have been distributed statewide.

The remaining $192 million in allocations came from assorted transportation accounts funded by state and federal dollars.

Other projects that received funding were:

Sacramento County — $18.9 million from Proposition 1B and locally administered multi-funded SPP/STIP to the city of Sacramento and Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) to construct a project on I-5/Cosumnes River Boulevard Interchange.

In the city of Sacramento, between the Meadowview Road and Laguna Boulevard Interchanges on Route 5. Construct interchange and roadway extension.

Butte County — $9.9 million from the State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP) to remove and replace bridge due to severe channel scour and continued deck deterioration.

Project includes reconstruction of existing approach shoulders, and temporary median cross-over for stage construction and traffic handling. On Highway 99 near Chico, from Estates Drive to 0.4 mile north of Butte Creek Bridge #12-0126R.

El Dorado County — $4.7 million from the SHOPP to replace drainage systems and install Best Management Practices (BMP) treatment for storm water runoff, including
sediment vaults and a force main to collect and treat storm water from Highway 50 in the city
of South Lake Tahoe from Herbert Avenue to Takela

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