YOLO COUNTY, CA—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) announced that the United States Department of Transportation has awarded an $85.9 million Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) Grant to the Yolo County Transportation District and the California Department of Transportation’s (Caltrans) District 3 application to improve and expand 17 miles of the Interstate 80 and U.S. Highway 50 corridors in Yolo and Sacramento Counties.
Congressman Garamendi joined state, county, and city partners in advocating for this grant when he wrote to U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg in March to support the project and request approval of the INFRA Grant application. The $85.9 million in federal funding will be used to reduce congestion on Interstate 80 and U.S. Highway 50 by creating new managed lanes along 17 miles of highway. New pedestrian and bicycle facility improvements, as well as intelligent transportation system elements such as ramp meters and changeable message signs, will also be installed.
“Today’s announcement is a major victory for our region,” Garamendi said. “I have spent years advocating for this project alongside state and local partners, and today’s announcement is a culmination of that advocacy. This project will greatly improve traffic flow across the Yolo Bypass, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve agricultural and manufactured goods movement to the Port of Oakland, Port of West Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay Area, and the greater Sacramento region. This is a boom for our environment and our economy, and every part of the Northern California Megaregion is well-served by this significant announcement. Thank you to the Yolo County Transportation District, Caltrans District 3, Sacramento Area Council of Governments, and every other advocate and partner who helped make this day possible,” Garamendi concluded.
“This project will benefit the entire region by reducing congestion and green-house gas emissions, improve goods movement and transit operations, and enable smoother travel across the Yolo Bypass. Many partners have worked for years to bring this forward. Special thanks go to the Caltrans District 3, Yolo Transportation and SACOG teams and Congressman Garamendi for bringing this resource to our region,” said Don Saylor, Yolo County Supervisor and 2021 Chair of Yolo County Transportation District.
“The announcement of this grant award is huge news for Davis and Yolo County, and the I80/Causeway expansion project is essential to improving regional transportation options throughout the Northern California Megaregion. We undertook a collaborative team effort approach in advocating for this project, and I look forward to it bringing needed relief to our communities,” said Lucas Frerichs, Vice Mayor, City of Davis and 2020 Sacramento Area Council of Governments Board Chair.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s announcement notice of the grant award can be viewed here.
Congressman Garamendi’s letter of support for the grant can be viewed here.
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