Valley leaders demand return of funds meant to improve Highway 99 in Madera & Tulare Counties, California

In front of the California Transportation Commission, Central Valley leaders demanded the return of funds slated for improvement projects along Highway 99 in Madera and Tulare counties.

“This is an opportunity for those of us who drive regularly and know the problems when it’s not wide enough and it doesn’t have three lanes north, three lanes south, to basically give this commission an earful,” Assemblyman Jim Patterson said.

This all comes after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order in September directing more funds toward railways and projects that would reduce the use of automobiles. In October, the California Department of Transportation released its Interregional Transportation Improvement Program draft, and projects to widen Highway 99 in Madera & Tulare were not included.