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Highway 101/San Juan Road interchange breaks ground

Posted: Friday, Apr 5th, 2013

A truck and a car scoot across the southbound lanes of Highway 101 at San Juan Road Friday as 65 mph traffic approaches. Construction of an over-crossing will eliminate such risks. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

AROMAS Although construction started in December, the Highway 101/San Juan Road Interchange project officially broke ground Friday.

The $91 million project, which Caltrans awarded the contract to Granite Construction and MCM Construction, will significantly reduce congestion and increase safety on a dangerous stretch of Highway 101 between Dunbarton and Cole roads, said Colin Jones, Caltrans spokesman.

About 212 traffic accidents occurred from 2000-2010 in the corridor, which sees more than 60,000 vehicles a day passing through, according to the Transportation Agency for Monterey County.

Workers will remove three major at-grade intersections on San Juan, Dunbarton and Cole roads and replace them with a single overpass near the Red Barn at San Juan Road.

The project is expected to be complete in early 2015, Jones said.

It is supported by $10 million from the Recovery Act and $28 million from Proposition 1B, a 2006 voter-approved bond.

Assemblyman Luis Alejo said the project will address a wide range of traffic issues in the area, and will protect "thousands" of lives.

"This is a historic moment, because people have been talking about this improvement project for decades," he said. "From personal observation, I've seen the need for this project to move forward."

For the complete article see the 04-06-2013 issue.

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