(Sacramento) - Assembly Speaker Pro Tem, Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) joins San Mateo County’s transportation agencies and major employers to laud the California Transportation Commission (CTC)’s recommendation to fund a major congestion-relief project along California State Highway 101 through San Mateo County.
A total of $253 million is recommended for the Highway 101 San Mateo and Santa Clara Managed Lanes project, which will create an express lane in each direction through San Mateo County, connecting with existing HOV lanes in Santa Clara County and up to Whipple Avenue in Redwood City.
This funding is made available through the Solutions for Congested Corridors Program and the Local Partnership Program, which were established by Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the landmark statewide transportation funding legislation signed into law last year.
In addition to advocating for the passage of SB 1 as one of the bill’s co-authors, Speaker pro Tem Mullin helped ensure that new state funding included in the legislation would be eligible to fund Highway 101 improvements. Mullin also convened a working group of private and public sector organizations interested in reducing congestion on Hwy 101, which facilitated coordination and financial commitments from multiple transportation agencies as well as the business community.
“Receiving full funding for the Highway 101 Managed Lane Project would be a tremendous boost not just for San Mateo County but the entire region and is the result of significant collaboration between public agencies and the private sector,” said Speaker Pro Tem Mullin. “I have been an advocate for San Mateo County throughout this process and to see the positive impact of the investment provided by the passage and implementation of SB 1 is very exciting. The Highway 101 corridor is an economic engine, not only for the Bay Area, but for our entire state and this project will be a significant step forward in helping relieve congestion on this heavily traveled roadway.”
The list of projects recommended for funding was released on April 25, 2018 The CTC will vote to approve the funding recommendations on May 15-16.
“I’ve been in communication with the CTC and know the Commissioners understand the full benefits of this project,” Mullin stated “and I’m fully confident we’ll be applauding their vote to approve this funding in May.”