Groundbreaking ceremony Friday
As part of California’s infrastructure improvement efforts, State Route 99 will be widened by two lanes from Madera County to Fresno in a project authorities said is long overdue.
At a groundbreaking ceremony on an overcast Friday morning, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) director Malcolm Dougherty joined several politicians and police officers in announcing the beginning of construction to widen a 2.9-mile segment of the highway.
“I don’t think I need to preach about the significance of 99 to this group of folks,” Dougherty told the crowd of around 100 people. “How important it is not only to Fresno and Madera counties but to the San Joaquin Valley... really to the entire United States.”
With a price tag of $68 million and an expected completion date in the summer of 2016, the construction will stretch from just south of Grantland Avenue in Fresno County to slightly north of Avenue 7 in Madera County. It will add two lanes, one in each direction, inside the road’s current median area...