SLO County to get $4.5 million for transportation projects

tstrickland@thetribunenews.comDecember 28, 2012 

San Luis Obispo County will get $4.5 million from state and federal agencies for upcoming transportation projects, according to a Caltrans news release.

A construction and implementation schedule wasn’t immediately available.

The county’s shares include $4.3 million for the replacement of the old Estrella River Bridge on Highway 46 East and $195,000 for a a 36-month subscription to the state’s Safe Routes to School program.

Safe Routes will be implemented at various area schools for kindergarten through 12th grade.

The bridge money will be used to rehabilitate a structure built in 1955 west of the Whitley Gardens area on Highway 46 East. The bridge is being taken over by the county after Caltrans built two new overpasses above it as part of the Highway 46 East expansion project.

The new batch of allocations is part of a statewide, $114 million effort from Proposition 1B, a $20 billion transportation bond approved by California voters in 2006; and $192 million from assorted state and federal transportation accounts.

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