SACRAMENTO — State Sen. Alan Robbins (D-Van Nuys) has introduced a bill aimed at pumping millions of dollars into San Fernando Valley highway construction projects.
Without the measure, "it will be the mid-1990s before the San Fernando Valley . . . will get any money" for projects such as widening U.S. 101 and California 118 or building freeway sound walls, Robbins said.
Assemblyman Richard Katz (D-Sepulveda), the new chairman of the Assembly Transportation Committee, is co-authoring the measure, which was introduced Wednesday.
"Basically, this issue is that the Valley doesn't get its fair share," Katz said.
Concern for Commuters
Under the state's five-year transportation plan, Los Angeles County is supposed to get more than $1 billion. Two-thirds of the money has been earmarked to build the Century Freeway and improve the Harbor Freeway, according to the state Department of Transportation.
But Robbins said he wants money for projects that would affect Valley commuters. To meet his goal, Robbins proposes establishing a new Caltrans district, separate from the rest of the county. It would become the 13th district in the state.