RELEASE DATE: Tuesday, September 4, 2018
CONTACT: Theresa Wright
TAMC SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT ON PROPOSED SCHEDULE & DESIGNS FOR “STATE ROUTE 156/CASTROVILLE BLVD INTERCHANGE” PROJECT
MONTEREY COUNTY – The Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) are seeking public input on the Measure X and SB 1 funded “State Route 156/Castroville Boulevard Interchange” project. The meeting, hosted by Supervisor John Phillips, Chair of the TAMC Board of Directors, will be held at 6 p.m., Monday, September 10th at the Castroville Community Library, 11160 Speegle Street, in Castroville.
Members of the community will have the opportunity to meet with the project team to discuss and review the schedule and designs for the new State Route 156/Castroville Boulevard Interchange. The goal of the project is to improve safe travel, local circulation, and reduce congestion by replacing the existing signalized intersection with a new interchange. This new interchange is the first of three segments of the full SR 156 West Corridor project to enhance the State Route 156 corridor between Castroville and Prunedale, one of the most heavily travelled corridors in Monterey County. It’s anticipated that construction on the project could begin within two years, following the completion of final design work.
The $43 million interchange project is funded with $30 million from Measure X, the 3/8 of a percent sales tax approved by Monterey County voters in 2016. The $13 million balance of funding is anticipated funded from the new revenues generated by the SB 1 gas tax, in this case, the Trade Corridor program or the State Transportation Improvement Program. Debbie Hale, Executive Director of TAMC, said, “We have been aggressive in our efforts to leverage Measure X funds with additional funding sources to get projects done as quickly as possible. If the revenues from the gas tax goes away, then our projects will be significantly impacted, and we will have to start evaluating what projects will have to be delayed, down-scoped or even deleted.”
Transportation Agency staff will also present the designs for the new interchange to the Transportation Agency for Monterey County Board of Director’s at their 9:00 a.m., September 26, 2018 meeting at the Agricultural Center Conference Room, 1428 Abbott Street, Salinas, CA 93901.
The Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) is responsible for investing in regional transportation projects for Monterey County residents, businesses and visitors. The mission of TAMC is to develop and maintain a multimodal transportation system that enhances mobility, safety, access, environment quality and economic activities in Monterey County. For more information visit www.tamcmonterey.org or call 831.775.0903.