Garamendi earmarks funds in bill for I-505 overcrossing improvements

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The I-505 overcrossing has, for years, limited accessibility between El Rio Villa Housing and Winters.

Congressman John Garamendi announced that federal funds have been earmarked for three local transportation priorities.

Garamendi, a senior member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, (HCTI), has carved out $8,540,000 to modify the SR 128/I-505 interchange ramps to provide bicyclists and pedestrians with a safer crossing.

The funding is part of the INVEST in America Act, (H.R.3684), a comprehensive surface transportation bill to modernize roads, bridges, transit, rail and make infrastructure more resilient to climate change.
The funding will permit Caltrans and the City of Winters to modify interchange ramps and make a safer crossing.

H.R. 3684 moved from the HCTI committee to the House by a vote of 38-26 in early June. The bill is expected to be approved by the U.S. House of Representatives and according to Eric Olsen, with Garamendi’s office, it should move to the Senate in the next month or two. If there are no material changes in the Senate, Olsen said it is likely it could be approved this summer.

“Across America, we are witnessing the devastating impact that our nations’ outdated transportation infrastructure is having on local communities and our economy,” Garamendi said in a press release.

Winters City Manager Kathleen Salguero Trepa said in an email, “We do want to recognize Congressman Garamendi for his support at the Federal level, and our State and local elected officials
(Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, Supervisor Don Saylor and Mayor Wade Cowan). Advocating for this project has been a partnership spearheaded by multiple agencies and their staff. We are excited by the momentum.”

“I will work tirelessly to ensure this legislation passes Congress and is signed into law,” Garamendi asserted.

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