Perhaps this morning’s annoucement about funding for the hazardous Doyle Drive approach to the Golden Gate Bridge might be a tad premature, but assistance from federal stimulus is “expected” so that’s cause enough for celebration in today’s economy. And, we’ll get started sooner rather than later:
“Today Mayor Gavin Newsom and Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined regional leaders in announcing that construction to replace Doyle Drive, the main southern approach to the Golden Gate Bridge, will be expedited by Caltrans and save taxpayers $90 million dollars. Construction on the project is now slated to begin this year, instead of the originally scheduled date of 2010.”
So, take a look at today’s event and read the deets below.
This is Doyle Drive – see the blissfully unaware tourists waving to the crowd? Like the Bay Bridge, this thing isn’t ready for the next big earthquake. Click to expand:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the aging viaduct that’s not long for this world…
…along with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom:
Jake McGoldrick brought a prop from his shed to show the Feds how “shovel-ready” this project is:
The whole affair had a party-like atmosphere with numerous local pols, such as Senator Mark Leno, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, Supervisor Sophie Maxwell…
…and Supervisor Bevan Dufty:
The United States Park Police, avec dog and pony, were on hand to pose near the Golden Gate Bridge:
Will Doyle Drive get fixed before this tyke gets into driver’s training?
We can only hope.
SPEAKER PELOSI AND MAYOR NEWSOM ANNOUNCE DOYLE DRIVE PROJECT IS SHOVEL
READY; STIMULUS INVESTMENT TO BE EXPEDITED
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Today Mayor Gavin Newsom and Speaker Nancy Pelosi
joined regional leaders in announcing that construction to replace Doyle
Drive, the main southern approach to the Golden Gate Bridge, will be
expedited by Caltrans and save taxpayers $90 million dollars. Construction
on the project is now slated to begin this year, instead of the originally
scheduled date of 2010.
“With California receiving a nearly $2.6 billion share of highway funding
under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, we have another
significant opportunity to move the new Presidio Parkway closer to becoming
a reality,” Speaker Pelosi said. “Together, we will build not only a new
bridge, but a new opportunity for job creation and economic recovery here
in San Francisco.”
“The Doyle Drive Replacement project has been a vision for more than 15
years, and because of the strong regional commitment to partner and
prioritize this critical infrastructure project, it is now a reality,” said
Mayor Newsom. “This project is shovel ready and a signature example of how
the federal stimulus can close the funding gap, stimulate the economy,
improve transportation, and create jobs in San Francisco.”
In the past year, the region has worked together to fill the funding gap in
the reconstruction project. Last January, the anticipated shortfall was
over $400 million. The reduction is in part, a result of redirected
federal earmarks, $90 million in savings from expediting the project, and
the State share of federal stimulus funds.
Doyle Drive on U.S. 101 traverses the Presidio of San Francisco and serves
as the southern approach to the Golden Gate Bridge. This badly
deteriorated structure is designated a Post Disaster Recovery Route and is
the only link between the San Francisco peninsula and northern California
counties. The project will replace this aging facility with a new parkway
connecting San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Presidio of San
Francisco, which is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The
project features six travel lanes plus an eastbound auxiliary lane between
the Park Presidio interchange and a new Presidio access at Girard Road.
The Federal Highway Administration issued a Record of Decision on the
environmental document for the Doyle Drive Replacement Project in December
2008. Due to its importance, the City and County of San Francisco, the
San Francisco Transportation Authority (SFCTA), and the Metropolitan
Transportation Commission (MTC) have partnered with the Federal Highway
Administration (FHWA) and the State of California Department of
Transportation (Caltrans) to advance a project to improve seismic,
structural, and traffic safety along Doyle Drive. The implementation plan
is the result of about 15 years of planning, studies and negotiations.