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S.D. Receives $450 Million to Expand Freeways

San Diego commuters will be glad to hear the region has landed $450 million to expand freeways, a healthy share of the state's transportation bond money approved by voters last November. KPBS reporter

San Diego commuters will be glad to hear the region has landed $450 million to expand freeways, a healthy share of the state's transportation bond money approved by voters last November. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders returned with good news from the meeting of the California Transportation Commission. In spite of recommendations last week to award San Diego only $300 million for freeway expansion, Sanders says the commission decided to award the region $450 million.

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<b> Sanders: </b> I think it’s significant that we did better than Los Angeles did in terms of percentages for our county, and I feel good about that because it's been a while since that's happened.

San Diego's population is 8.2 percent of the State's, and the region won almost 10 percent of the bond money being handed out.

The commission looked favorably on San Diego officials' lobbying efforts because the region has raised millions of its own money already through the half-cent TransNet sales tax, passed by voters in 2004. Alison St John, KPBS News.