Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, at a news conference in Merced just now, has highlighted the 57 road and highway projects costing $625 million that’ll be first in line to get infrastructure-focused federal economic stimulus funding (creating an estimated 11,000 jobs), selected last week by the California Transportation Commission.
Looking at that list, I see a grand total of one project in the East Bay: a rehab of the bridge deck where Interstate 880 overpasses Fruitvale Avenue in Oakland, costing about $12.63 million. That’s it for Alameda County, and there are no projects in Contra Costa County.
These 57 projects come under the State Highway Operations and Protection Program, put at the top of the list “because protecting public safety is the highest priority and preserving the state’s investment in its highway system is highly cost-effective,” the governor’s office says. This is only the first round; California might get about $2.57 billion in all for highways, local streets and roads, freight and passenger rail, and port infrastructure projects from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed into law Feb. 17 by President Barack Obama.
Let’s hope we see some more of that in the East Bay, and soon.