VTA Board Awards Construction Contract for U.S. 101 Improvements
Tully Interchange Done, Capitol and Yerba Buena Interchanges Next!
|Release Number: || NR 12 08 03|
|Release Date: || Aug 03, 2012|
San Jose, Calif. — On Thursday, August 2, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority's (VTA) Board of Directors unanimously awarded a construction contract to Granite Rock Co., doing business as Pavex Construction, to improve the Capitol Expressway and Yerba Buena Road interchanges at U.S. 101. This project is the second phase of corridor improvements that have been in the works since 2007 when the California Transportation Commission (CTC) first approved state funding.
“These improvements are a final piece of the congestion relief puzzle,” said San Jose City Council member and VTA Board member Rose Herrera. “This is a perfect example where residents and commuters see firsthand federal, state and local government agencies working together to make commutes and communities better.”
In partnership with Caltrans, CTC and the City of San Jose, VTA has been able to successfully advance improvements backed by State Proposition 1B funding. The first phase of construction was completed in June, improving traffic and safety operations at the 101/Tully interchange. The second phase of construction will include the reconfiguration of the 101/Capitol interchange, modifications to the Yerba Buena interchange featuring a new off-ramp, the addition of an auxiliary lane on U.S. 101 and landscaping at the Capitol and Tully interchanges.
"I have been a staunch advocate for traffic relief in this corridor for over a decade. Just last month, we celebrated a big milestone with the completion of the improvements at the 101/Tully interchange," said Dave Cortese, Santa Clara County Supervisor, VTA Ex-Officio Board member, and Commissioner for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. "Because the gridlock in the area has been reduced, commuters are getting home sooner with less stress. We are just a stone's throw away from delivering the entire package of improvements and I look forward to celebrating that final milestone."
The CTC has allocated a total of $54 million to improve this highly travelled corridor, $24 million of which will go towards phase two which will be underway in September. Total project cost is $35.9 million and construction is expected to be completed by winter 2014.
“Residents are thrilled, commuters are thrilled - and it’s been a great privilege and honor to help move this project along,” said Council member Herrera.
For more information on the U.S. 101/Capitol Expressway - Yerba Buena Road Interchange Improvements Project, please contact VTA Community Outreach at (408) 321-7575 or visit www.vta.org.
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