Garamendi meets with local, state leaders in Winters

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United States Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) visited Winters on Tuesday, Aug. 3 to meet with community leaders. They discussed infrastructure and healthcare projects that create employment opportunities, improve transportation and enhance rural healthcare.

Garamendi met with Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor, Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, Winters City Councilmember Jesse Loren, Director of Caltrans District 3 Amarjeet Benipal, and Executive officer of Yolo County Housing Sandra Sigrist to tour the SR128/I-505 overcrossing.

“In Washington, I work every day to provide the federal support our communities need to offer quality healthcare to all, build modern infrastructure with American materials and workers, and create new middle-class jobs with good wages,” Garamendi said in a press release.

Last June, Garamendi announced earmarking funds in the amount of $8,540,000 to modify the SR128/I-505 interchange ramps to build a safer crossing for pedestrians and bicyclists. 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 legislation is moving through Congress and if approved, the funding will permit Caltrans and the City of Winters to modify interchange ramps, create a safer crossing and connect El Rio Villa, a community that was distanced from Winters when I-505 was constructed.

Garamendi also met with Winters Healthcare representatives to talk about a $500,000 grant, that if secured through legislation, will support a new Capay Valley Clinic to provide medical and dental services to the rural community.

“Thank you to everyone who participated in my district work day today. I will work tirelessly back in Washington to ensure Congress passes the legislation that would provide this vital support for our region,” Garamendi concluded.

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