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More than $1 million coming to Santa Cruz for work along Hwy 1
The California Transportation Commission has allocated $64 million to 43 projects statewide to reduce traffic congestion, as well as repair highways, local streets and bridges, Caltrans reported this week. Some of that money, $1.3 million of it, will come to Santa Cruz to construct and upgrade existing guard railing, improve crash cushions and improve drainage to reduce the number and severity of traffic collisions in 31 locations along Highway 1 between Laguna Road and the Waddell Creek Bridge. “We are putting transportation dollars to work supporting jobs and making improvements that will benefit Californians now and for decades to come,” said Malcolm Dougherty, Caltrans director. The statewide transportation allocations include $42 million from Proposition 1B, a transportation bond approved by voters in 2006. In all, just under $15 billion in Prop 1B funds have been distributed statewide.