Harder Pushes $18.5 Million in Critical Valley Infrastructure Past First Hurdle
WASHINGTON — Today, Representative Harder (CA-10) secured the inclusion of the 7th Street Bridge and State Route 132 projects in the upcoming INVEST in America Act. Together, the projects will amount to $18.5 million in new federal investments in the Central Valley. Securing a place for both projects in this bill is a momentous first step toward getting them enacted into law. The 7th Street Bridge is one of the most dangerous and poorly rated bridges in California. In fact, it’s so unsafe that school buses are not allowed to use it. State Route 132 West, when completed, will return over $500 million in travel time savings and $16 million in emission reductions over the next 30 years.
“I’m proud to have secured a spot for the 7th Street Bridge and State Route 132 projects in the upcoming transportation bill,” said Rep. Harder. “When our bridges are too dangerous for school buses to use and folks are spending hours sitting in traffic rather than with their families, it’s past time we make big investments in our infrastructure. I’ll keep at it until the Valley gets the infrastructure we deserve.”
More about the projects Rep. Harder is pushing to fund below:
7th Street Bridge - $6,500,000
This project would aid in the replacement of the 7th Street bridge in Modesto in order to correct structural and hydraulic deficiencies, increase the capacity of the 7th Street corridor, and to improve safety for vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians. At present, the 7th Street Bridge has a bridge sufficiency rating of 5.1 out of 100, one of the lowest in the region.
State Route 132 West Project - $12,000,000
This project will construct a four-lane freeway/expressway along the adopted route alignment from Gates Road/Paradise Road to east of SR-99 at the Needham Street Bridge Overcrossing. The total length of the State Route 132 West Project will be approximately 11 miles and would include connections on State Route 99. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), StanCOG, the City of Modesto and Stanislaus County are partners on the project.