Letters to the Editor

Cunningham, Monning deserve credit for ‘Y’ fix

Jordan Cunningham, Assemblyman for the 35th District.
Jordan Cunningham, Assemblyman for the 35th District.

Our local Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham and State Sen. Bill Monning both deserve a great deal of credit for their role in securing $197 million in state transportation dollars for San Luis Obispo County to fund key improvements to the Cholame “Y” intersection of Highways 41 and 46.

This section of highway is ominously known as “blood alley” due to the alarming number of fatal car crashes that have occurred there over the years and has badly needed upgrades for quite some time.

Arriving at a solution required navigating the state’s transportation processes and funding programs, which is why Assemblyman Cunningham’s efforts, in partnership with Sen. Monning and other state officials, were key.

Cunningham personally lobbied Gov. Brown’s office and regularly met with a medley of agencies, including the California Transportation Commission, CHP and Caltrans to get the project approved. He also supported local organizations including the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments, as well as local leaders, to form a coalition in support of the effort.

All of their hard work paid off. San Luis Obispo won funding approval for Highway 46 improvements, which includes the desperately needed new interchange at the Cholame “Y”. Our local roads will be much safer because of it.

Atascadero Mayor Tom O’Malley and Paso Robles Mayor Steve Martin