Caltrans cuts Highway 99 repair funds for Tulare

At the October 8 California Transportation Commission (CTC) meeting in Modesto, Caltrans said that the agency wants to delay funding for widening Highway 99 in Madera and Tulare Counties and an upgrade for highway 46 in San Luis Obispo County.

Caltrans proposed to cut $61.3 million to be held in reserve for priority rail projects. Governor Gavin Newsom sent out an executive order last month telling Caltrans “to reduce congestion through innovative strategies designed to encourage people to shift from cars to other modes of transportation.”

As a result, Caltrans wants to stop two highway projects in the Central Valley and one in San Luis Obispo County. The portion of Highway 99 that passes through Fresno stands to lose $17 million to widen lanes through Madera and Tulare Counties. $15.5 million will also not be provided to SLO County.