Madera County, CA: ‘Another slap in the face’ : Tulare Highway 99 widening canceled — for now

Plans to widen Highway 99 through Tulare and parts of Madera County have been scrapped — for now.

The California Department of Transportation announced plans to delete the projects in a 2020 draft report. The Tulare project would expand the 99 from four to six lanes — three on each side — between Prosperity Avenue and Avenue 200, near the International Agri-Center.

Local representatives are calling the DOT’s decision “another slap in the face” to the Central Valley.

“It’s very frustrating and goes to the whole idea of people need to ride more trains and mass transit, but that’s just not realistic in every part of the state,” said Kuyler Crocker, Tulare County Board of Supervisors’ chairman.

Caltrans countered that it remains “heavily invested” in the Central Valley’s highway infrastructure.