U.S. Transportation Secretary Chao Announces $47 Million for Congestion Relief on Interstate 5




Washington, DC - - (October 2, 2018) - - U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao was today joined by Congressman Steve Knight (CA-25) at a formal grant announcement marking the award of $47,000,000 to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority for the Interstate 5 Golden State Chokepoint Relief Program. The funding is provided through the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program.

“This $47 million INFRA grant will help increase much-needed capacity to reduce the congestion on the 5,” said Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

“The resources provided by this INFRA grant will dramatically improve traffic flow and the quality of life for everyone in the Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys who travels to Los Angeles. I am extremely grateful to Secretary Chao for her dedicated work to modernize our nation’s infrastructure,” said Congressman Steve Knight.

The project will improve economic vitality by adding capacity and increasing freight flow along a congested corridor. The project generates safety and mobility benefits by adding 13 miles of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes and 2.7 miles of new truck lanes, as well as improving bridges. It will provide greater access to the Los Angeles metropolitan area for passenger and freight traffic.

INFRA grants support the Administration’s commitment to fixing our nation’s crumbling infrastructure. Grant awards totaling almost $1.5 billion were announced in June 2018. The grants create opportunities for all levels of government, and the private sector, to fund innovative infrastructure investments. For more information, please visit www.transportation.gov/buildamerica/infragrants .




Credit: U.S. Department of Transportation