San Diego Transportation Projects Get $312 Million from Gas Tax

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Construction work on the Interstate 5 bridge at the San Elijo Lagoon. Photo courtesy SANDAG

San Diego political leaders gathered on Friday to celebrate $312 million in new funding for road and transit projects because of the gas tax increase.

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The California Transportation Commission awarded the funds from Senate Bill 1 for projects managed by Caltrans, SANDAG, local transit agencies, and county and city governments.

Sen. Toni Atkins speaks in support of the transportation projects.

“Joining with colleagues in a bipartisan effort to support state transportation funding that improves our local roads and infrastructure!” said Supervisor Greg Cox on Twitter.

The news comes amid a Republican Party-led effort to repeal the gas tax increase, which added 12 cents per gallon.

Gas prices have been rising in the state because of the new law and President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the agreement that allowed Iran to sell its oil in return for abandoning development of nuclear weapons.

The funding approved this week included:

  • $195 million for construction of carpool lanes and other improvements to Interstate 5 in North County.
  • $82 million to help improve cross-border commerce and mobility at San Ysidro
  • $10.5 million to double-track the commuter rail line from Sorrento Valley to Miramar
  • $12.5 million for improvements to Citracado Parkway in Escondido
  • $6 million for improvements Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal and National City Marine Terminal (
  • $6 million for the Otay Mesa truck route

Projects funded by the gas tax increase are intended to reduce congestion, improve local streets, upgrade public transit and provide for bike lanes

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