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Santa Cruz Co. to receive $800K in state transportation funding
Transportation projects in Santa Cruz County will receive part of $1 billion in funding to rebuild infrastructure from the California Transportation Commission. Among 153 transportation projects statewide, the goal is th strengthen the state's economy by creating and sustaining jobs while providing congestion relief for motorists. Locally, Highway 1 is to receive $383,000 for upgrades to metal guardrail beams, construct concrete barriers and upgrade drainage from the south Aptos underpass to just north of Highway 9. This project aims to reduce the number and severity of traffic collisions in this area. Also, the city of Santa Cruz will receive $450,000 to install a traffic signal and construct protected left turn lanes at the intersection of Soquel Avenue and Park Way. The goal is to reduce traffic collisions and delays, as well as improve travel times, access to traffic and widen the sidewalk. The commission's allocations include nearly $541 million from Proposition 1B, a 2006 voter-approved transportation bond that, over the years, has distributed more than $15.5 billion to projects statewide.