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Highway 46 East widening project gets $55 million for next phase

In 2013, a work truck travels along the unopened expanded portion of Highway 46 East, right, near Almond Drive.
In 2013, a work truck travels along the unopened expanded portion of Highway 46 East, right, near Almond Drive. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

The state of California has allocated $55 million to pay for the next phase of an ongoing project to widen Highway 46 East.

The state Department of Transportation said in a news release Monday that construction on Highway 46 East from just east of McMillan Canyon Road through Lucy Brown Road in Shandon is scheduled to begin next summer.

The overall project began in spring 2008.

Caltrans crews are currently widening the 5-mile stretch of highway from Almond Drive to McMillan Canyon Road; that portion is expected to be completed in December. The previous phase, from Geneseo Road to Almond Drive, was finished in 2014. The first phase, from Airport Road to Geneseo Road, was completed in 2010.

With Monday’s announcement, the state will have spent nearly $200 million in construction costs on the project.

The project is being paid for through Proposition 1B, a $20 billion transportation bond measure passed by voters in 2006.

Matt Fountain: 805-781-7909, @MattFountain1

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