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$14 million project on I-8 among 75 to be partially funded by stimulus package

The California Department of Transportation allocated $14 million last week to make improvements to Interstate 8 between Second Street and Greenfield Drive in El Cajon.

The project will extend traffic lanes, the shoulder and concrete barrier. Construction of sound berms and walls will help alleviate traffic congestion and reduce noise pollution.

The I-8 project was among 75 transportation projects to receive funding and the go-ahead from Caltrans June 11. In all, the projects will cost $128 million with funding to include $36 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

A nearly $1.2 million pedestrian bridge at Grossmont Trolley Station also will be funded with the June 11 allocation.

San Diego also received a $990,000 grant to replace metal beam guardrails with concrete barriers in 19 locations.

Throughout California an $11 million allocation from the Recovery Act will fund installation of fencing and planting of native trees and shrubs to prevent erosion and improve water quality.

Due to the economic conditions, contractors’ bids have been coming in lower than expected on Caltrans Recovery Act projects. Due to low bids, $25 million in savings from projects funded in spring have been used to fund other projects.

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