Region Receives Millions in Stimulus Money
Friday, March 13, 2009
The San Diego region will receive $127 million in highway funds from the federal stimulus package. And planners say the money will free up resources for other regional projects too. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.
The San Diego Association of Governments is recommending the majority of the stimulus money be used on the widening of State Route 76 in North County and a widening project at interstate 805 and Carroll Canyon Road. SANDAG Executive Director Gary Gallegos says he’s grateful for the money, but wishes there was more.
“We put a list together working with all 18 cities and the county that tallied close to, a little over $7 billion worth of need of projects that could be ready to be put to bid within a year,” he says. “And as a region we continue struggle to figure out how to keep pace with growing demand.”
Gallegos says SANDAG will also take $50 million generated through local sales taxes and distribute it to the cities and the county. He says the money is designated for use on transportation projects.
Katie Orr, KPBS News.