Merced to get $139 million for roadwork

The California Transportation Commission allocated $401 million in new funding to 39 projects that the agency said will help strengthen the state's economy by creating jobs and providing congestion relief for travelers statewide.

Merced County will get $139 million for widening Highway 99 to six lanes from four from Buchanan Hollow Road to Miles Creek overflow. The project includes a new interchange at Arboleda Drive near Merced.

The Mariposa County Transportation Commission will get $78,000 for planning, programming and monitoring. Stanislaus County will get $23.7 million for widening Highway 219 between Morrow Road and Highway 108 in Phase II of the project. San Joaquin County will get $50 million for widening 8.3 miles of Highway 99 in Manteca and San Joaquin County to six lanes from four between Arch Road and Highway 120; It will be Phase I of the project.

Proposition 1B, the 2006 voter approved transportation bond, will supply $327 million to 10 projects, including $42 million toward the purchase of 42 passenger rail cars. They will be put into service on all three state-supported Amtrak California routes -- the Capitol Corridor, San Joaquin and Pacific Surf-liner.

This supplements $168 million from other sources, including $68 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The state has allocated more than $11 billion in Proposition 1B funds for transportation purposes statewide.