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State OKs $800K for Austin Road work

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POSTED April 3, 2014 1:26 a.m.

California is committing $800,000 to improvements for the existing Austin Road interchange on Highway 99.

Now that the state has confirmed its contribution city staff plans to firm up financing sources within 60 days so the $2.2 million project can proceed.

The project includes:

• Moffat Boulevard between Austin Road and Woodward Avenue being widened to four lanes.

• Widening ramps at the Austin Road and Highway 99 interchange allowing the southbound off ramp to 99 to have two left turn lanes and a right turn lane.

• Traffic signals at the off ramps.

The improvements would allow the addition of more truck traffic through the Austin/Moffat intersection to reach distribution centers and such expected to locate in the 600-acre business park portion of the 1,049-acre Austin Road multi-use development.

Currently southbound traffic on Moffat often backs up past Woodward Avenue during the afternoon commute period. Widening Moffat to four lanes will ease some of that congestion.

In addition there will be two northbound lanes that will go down to one at Woodward Avenue as the left lane would be dedicated to traffic heading onto Woodward.

Development fees already collected by the city and developers of the Austin Road project will cover the $1.4 million shortfall.

Back about a year ago, staff said that developers tentatively would cover up to $800,000 of the cost. The rest would come out of growth fees collected for traffic projects.

The city budget projected there would be $4.4 million still on hand in the traffic fee account when the current fiscal year ends June 30.

City Manager Karen McLaughlin said staff will assess funds availability after examining the financing needs of other road projects that are currently moving forward. Included is the missing link on Atherton Drive between Airport Way and Union Road, widening Airport Way to four lanes between Daniels Street and Yosemite Avenue as well as widening the Union Road interchange bridge to four lanes.

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