published on October 20, 2016 - 11:23 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff
The California Transportation Commission has voted to advance $34.66 million in funding for the State Route 180 East project, surprising local transportation officials who felt “all hopes of moving forward with this project were lost.”


The project will extend a four-lane highway from a half mile west of Smith Avenue to a half mile east of Frankwood Avenue, roughly from the town of Centerville to Minkler. The total length is about 3.5 miles.

Construction of the so-called Kings Canyon Expressway-Segment 3 project is scheduled to begin shortly after January 2017. The $102 million total cost is funded by these State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) funds as well as Fresno County’s Measure C sales tax.

According to a news release from the Fresno Council of Government, state transportation funding cuts earlier this year dashed hopes of moving forward with this project.

All together, the California Transportation Commission approved this and three other STIP projects, allocating $65 million out of a total of $71.5 million on San Joaquin Valley projects that had previously lost funding.

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