Betty Drive ground­break­ing to­day

Porterville Recorder - - LOCAL -

Cal­trans will hold a ground­break­ing cer­e­mony at 10 a.m. to­day for the $36 mil­lion State Route 99 Betty Drive In­ter­change Project, which will re­duce con­ges­tion, in­crease safety and im­prove mo­bil­ity at the highly-trav­eled in­ter­change in Tu­lare County.

“At Cal­trans, our goals al­ways in­clude help­ing mo­torists reach their desti­na­tion safely and in a timely fash­ion,” said Cal­trans Direc­tor Mal­colm Dougherty. “Projects like this not only de­liver an im­me­di­ate im­pact on both of those fronts, but they aim to main­tain that vi­sion as fu­ture de­vel­op­ments oc­cur.”

The project will re­align Betty Drive and pro­vide sig­nal lights at ramp in­ter­sec­tions. These im­prove­ments will re­duce traf­fic con­ges­tion, pro­vide greater ac­cess to and from State Route 99 and im­prove over­all safety by re­duc­ing col­li­sions at the in­ter­change.

“This project would not have hap­pened without the vi­tal fund­ing that Mea­sure R is pro­vid­ing,” said Cal­trans District 6 Direc­tor Sharri Ben­derehlert. “In­vest­ments like Mea­sure R are what get lo­cal im­prove­ment projects to the con­struc­tion stage, pro­vid­ing im­por­tant high­way im­prove­ments, en­hanc­ing mo­bil­ity and im­prov­ing safety across the Cen­tral Valley.”

Mea­sure R was passed by the vot­ers of Tu­lare County in 2006. The project is sched­uled for com­ple­tion in fall of 2019.

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