News Release


DATE: April 4, 2000

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Two East County Projects in the Governor's Traffic Congestion Relief Plan

San Diego, CA - Chairwoman Dianne Jacob joined Governor Gray Davis and several other local officials for the Governor's unveiling of his Traffic Congestion Relief Plan last Friday.

During her State of the County address in January, Jacob announced her intention of working to return more State and Federal transportation funds to the San Diego region.

The Governor responded to the call of Jacob and San Diego County commuters by proposing to set aside $2.8 billion of the State surplus for State-wide transportation improvements. Included in the plan is $50 million for State Route 52 improvements and $65 million for the State Route 94/125 interchange completion and freeway widening project.

During the ceremony, Jacob, one of only two Republicans invited to speak, acknowledged Governor Davis' actions and the benefits they will bring to San Diego. "I want to thank the Governor for being here today and for recognizing the transportation infrastructure needs of San Diego County. His plan represents an important first step in reducing local traffic congestion and planning for our infrastructure needs," she said.

While this is an important first step, additional funding is needed to close the remaining $11 million gap in regional transportation infrastructure needs. "I look forward to continuing to work with the Governor, our State legislators, and Federal representatives to obtain funding for the rest of our local transportation projects," Jacob concluded.