A safe and efficient multimodal transportation system is the heart of a strong economy, and here in the San Joaquin Valley, that backbone is State Route 99. It is a critical corridor for moving our bountiful ag goods up and down the state on their way to feed people across the nation. It is a connector of people and jobs, of students and education, of people and opportunity. State Route 99 is a quality-of-life corridor for the San Joaquin Valley and beyond. And yet, State Route 99 remains unfinished.
In 2005, Caltrans published the SR 99 Business Plan, which outlined a strategic approach to transforming SR 99 into a safe and efficient trade corridor. The plan solidified Caltrans’ long-term goals for the route and a corresponding list of projects to achieve those goals, thereby streamlining funding decisions for corridor improvements. A key priority for this work was completing widening projects necessary for SR 99 to be a six-lane corridor.
Today, the goal established in the Business Plan of widening SR 99 from 4 to 6 lanes from Kern County to San Joaquin County, remains unfinished. As a result, the corridor is needlessly congested and unsafe, hampering economic activity, negatively impacting the quality of life in the San Joaquin Valley, and adversely impacting air quality and the environment.
We are a coalition of cities, counties, regional transportation planning agencies, labor organizations, and business groups aligned in our support for finishing State Route 99. We support transportation solutions that increase the San Joaquin Valley and the State of California’s economic vitality. We support transportation solutions that solve safety issues and prevent serious injuries and the loss of life. We recognize the agricultural sector’s meaningful role in California, across the United States, and internationally. We support transportation solutions that help the San Joaquin Valley feed the world. We support jobs – jobs created by investing in infrastructure and jobs that transportation infrastructure makes possible. We support people – and improving the overall quality of life for millions of Californians.