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Disappearing Funding Threatens New Freeway Interchange

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, July 27, 2012

Work on the full interchange of on-ramps and off-ramps at Riego Road and Highway 99 in Sutter County is scheduled to start in the spring.  But, there's a problem.  When developers pulled out of a nearby project, Sutter County lost $1.5 million in funding for the interchange. 

Traffic from Yuba and Sutter counties joins traffic from Roseville at the existing Riego intersection .  Sutter County Supervisor Larry Montna says that creates a dangerous situation and makes the project a necessity, "So, you got one heck of a bottleneck and we've had people that have been seriously hurt and killed at Riego.  I would think it has to be built there."

Cal Trans opens the project up for bids on Tuesday.  If the winning bid comes in a $1.5 million under the estimated construction cost, the project will go ahead as planned.  But if the bid is more than $20.5 million, Montna says the project will be on hold until the County can find the funding.
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