Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) announced an initial list of infrastructure projects for consideration of federal priority spending. The House of Representatives altered funding procedures earlier this year to allow Members of Congress to nominate up to five transportation projects and ten non-transportation projects in their district. The projects must meet stringent criteria including having significant state or local matching funds, be in the planning process already, and be under $15 million in requested funds. Cities, counties, and water districts within LaMalfa’s district were given the criteria and asked to submit projects that met the requirements. Non-transportation projects will be announced later this week once the deadline for submission has passed. Congressional Member designated projects are not guaranteed to receive funding but are a publicly available priority list that allows projects to receive additional opportunities for federal funding.
LaMalfa said: “It is important to improve the north states’ basic infrastructure: roads, reservoirs, canals, broadband and wastewater facilities. These are some of the most basic functions of government and what we should be focused on rather than the continued efforts to push government dominance into all aspects of daily life. I will continue to work with local entities to help bring needed funding to help complete these true infrastructure projects.”
LaMalfa Designated Road Projects Proposals:
- Fix 5 Cascade Gateway Project, $15 million, Sponsored by the Shasta Regional Transportation Agency – This project will expand from 4 lanes to 6 lanes 5.2 miles of I-5 in Redding between SR273 and the 44/299 interchange.
- State Route 49 Corridor Improvement Project, $15 million, Sponsored by the Nevada County Transportation Commission – This project will expand Highway 49 between LaBarr Meadows Road and the McKnight Way Interchange in Grass Valley from 2 lanes to 4 lanes.
- Southgate Interchange, $1.8 million, Sponsored by the City of Chico – Funding will help complete the environmental reporting required to build a new Southgate Avenue interchange and remove two stoplights on SR99 on the south end of Chico.
- Roe Road Extension – Phase 1, $1.8 million, Sponsored by the City of Paradise – Connects Pentz Road and South Libby Road and fixes major evacuation issues for the city of Paradise.
- Cohasset Road Widening and Fire Safety Project, $900,000, Sponsored by Butte County – Funding to help complete planning and environmental requirements to expand and enhance Cohasset Road for fire safety.
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