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Reps. Napolitano, Royce, & Chu Announce $10 Million Grant for 57/60 Highway Improvement Project

September 9, 2014
Press Release

(Washington, DC) Today, Reps. Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA-32), Ed Royce (R-CA-39), and Judy Chu (D-CA-27) are pleased to announce the awarding of a $10 million Transportation Infrastructure Generating Economic Recovery Program (TIGER) grant for the 57/60 Confluence Project – Freight Corridor Bottleneck Relief.

“We are thrilled to welcome these new federal funds which will create local jobs, increase safety, and reduce traffic congestion in our region,” said Rep. Napolitano. “Ensuring the safe transport of goods and people along one of our nation’s busiest corridors is critical, and we thank Secretary Foxx, the County of Los Angeles, and our San Gabriel Valley cities for partnering to continue to fund this effort.”

“From my office in Rowland Heights I can see firsthand the traffic that backs up every day keeping commuters from getting home to their families and bringing trucks delivering trade goods to a halt,” said Rep. Royce. “Prioritizing the 57/60 confluence for transportation dollars is a win-win for public safety and economic growth. I was proud to work with California lawmakers from both parties to alleviate the gridlock on our freeways, and look forward to following this project’s progress closely.”

“This grant is great news for San Gabriel Valley residents who rely on the incredibly congested 57/60 corridor,” said Rep. Chu. “Improvements made possible by this grant will alleviate the traffic problems that, in addition to needlessly delaying commuters, create dangerous conditions and contribute to our air pollution. I am glad we will be able to improve our transportation infrastructure to meet the needs of one of the busiest and most used routes in the country.”

Napolitano, Royce, and Chu sent a joint letter to Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx following his visit to the region in March, supporting the $10 million TIGER grant funding request submitted by the Cities of Industry and Diamond Bar. The awarded funding will be used for the construction of westbound direction elements of the Project, including the addition of auxiliary lanes before and after the Grand Avenue interchange. These improvements provide independent utility from the eastbound improvements and will increase peak hour speeds and improve safety by reducing weaving movements in the westbound direction.

The 57/60 Confluence Project will relieve congestion and improve safety along a regionally and nationally significant goods movement corridor; 340,000 vehicles converge at this interchange every day, weaving through traffic to continue onto their destination. The Project also strongly supports the TIGER Program's goal of investing in transportation projects that better connect communities to centers of employment, education, and services, while stimulating long-term job growth.

The TIGER grant will be matched by $4.5 million of local Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority funds, $10.6 million of City of Industry funds, and $9.4 million of Federal Regional Surface Transportation Program funding, for a total of $34.5 million. An additional $2.7 million investment by the City of Industry to finance the engineering design, the total project cost is $37.2 million, and it will generate approximately 5,100 jobs.
 

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