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Thursday, December 6, 2018 (661) 327-3611
McCarthy Announces $17.5 Million DOT Grant to Expand Route 46 through Lost Hills
Today, Congressman Kevin McCarthy is pleased to announce the U.S. Department of Transportation’s intention to award a $17.5 million grant to the Kern Council of Governments for Kern County California State Route 46 Widening Segment 4B project. The grant award is from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grant program. This project will widen a 5.3 mile segment of 2-lane highway to a 4-lane highway. McCarthy released the following statement on the program:
“Our community is home to some of the most important economic industries in the country. With that prominence comes a responsibility to ensure the corridors to get to and from the Valley are safe and effective. In fact, the U.S. Department of Defense identified State Route 46 as a Strategic Highway Corridor Network. Unfortunately, State Route 46 through Lost Hills is so dangerous it has been dubbed Blood Alley. Understanding its national importance and how our constituents frequently travel this route, Congressman David Valadao and I were committed to securing the necessary federal resources to widen a portion of State Route 46 from two lanes to four as part of the BUILD 46 project from the Kern Council of Governments (KernCOG). In September, we formally supported KernCOG’s request for these resources. I am proud to announce today that DOT Secretary Elaine Chao informed me that the needed $17.5 million for the project will be granted to our community. The project will build on the success we have had over the years to upgrade our infrastructure that has opened up new avenues into our growing region. This announcement recognizes that the Trump Administration — and Secretary Chao specifically—understands and appreciates our communities’ economic future.”
BACKGROUND: On September 6, 2018, Congressman Kevin McCarthy and Congressman David Valadao sent a letter to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao in support of the grant submitted for the project. That letter can be found here.