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$10M secured for Highway 46 safety improvements

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Posted at 10:48 PM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-20 16:59:23-05

Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham announced on Tuesday his office secured funds for a project along Highway 46.

Cunningham, along with local stakeholders including the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments, have secured $10.3 million in Interregional Transportation Improvement Program funding.

This funding will be used toward the Highway 46 Corridor Improvement Project.

In October, efforts to make that area of Highway 46 safer hit a roadblock when a proposed plan by Caltrans was put on hold.

Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham submitted nearly 1,200 petitions to the California Transportation Commission in opposition to that plan in November.

"I am pleased to see that the California Transportation Commission (CTC) took the concerns of our community seriously. Pulling critical funding from the Highway 46 project would have caused serious issues for our community and resulted in more lives lost along Blood Alley," said Cunningham. "This project is a priority for our region, and this serves as a valuable lesson that the Central Coast can achieve great things when we work together as a community."

The CTC will consider the final 2020 ITIP plan in the first quarter of next year.

Previous Coverage:
Thousands of petitions submitted in opposition to Hwy 46 funding cut

Improvements to make Hwy 46 East safer could be put on hold