Congress OKs connector funds

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Congress has approved an additional $1 million for Santa Clarita’s Cross Valley Connector, a highway now under construction that will link Interstate 5 to the Antelope Valley Freeway. The Senate and House of Representatives agreed last week to help fund the project in their conference report for the Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development, Judiciary and District of Columbia Appropriations Act. The conference report is the result of negotiations between the two bodies in which differences in their bills are ironed out. The conference report was approved by the House and awaits a vote by the Senate before going to the president to sign. The $245 million Cross Valley Connector will consist of 8.5 miles of new six- and eight-lane arterial roadways, bridges, grade-separated crossings and intersections. The project is expected to significantly ease traffic in and around the Santa Clarita Valley. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Golden Valley Road, including a new bridge under construction over Soledad Canyon Road, and Newhall Ranch Road make up the connector. The bulk of the funding is coming from developers with contributions from the city of Santa Clarita, the state, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the federal government. The bill also includes $545,000 to widen Rancho Vista Boulevard in Palmdale, $250,000 for a $10.5 million baseball complex on the former Antelope Valley fairgrounds and $100,000 for Antelope Valley Boys & Girls Club for a new roof and a heating and air conditioning system. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 [email protected] last_img

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