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Obama bucks paying for 99 divider improvement thru Ripon

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POSTED August 16, 2009 2:44 a.m.
RIPON – Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds will help make traveling Highway 99 through Ripon safer.

Caltrans is receiving $5 million to replace old-style guard rails with a new concrete barrier that meets current safety standards.

It was part of $80 million in allocations announced on Friday. So far, California leads the nation with nearly $1.8 billion in recovery Act funds committed to 478 highway and local projects.

“My administration is working around the clock with the federal government to ensure Recovery dollars are pumped into California quickly and responsibly to stimulate our economy, create jobs, and further invest in the future of our transportation infrastructure,” noted Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in a press release.

Also on Friday, Modesto landed $5.6 million in stimulus funds for preventative maintenance and enhancements at Modesto’s historic transit center.
The biggest chunk went to Caltrans for the San Jose area where $33.2 million will be used to resurface 67 freeway ramps and 13 miles on Highway 101.
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