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Bridge Project Gets $6.5-Million Start

October 06, 2000|KEVIN F. SHERRY

The U.S. Department of Transportation has given Oxnard $6.5 million to help widen the Santa Clara River bridge.

Oxnard is expected to contribute $16 million toward the $65-million widening project.

The area has had a history of traffic congestion.

City officials were glad to get the news.

"We originally had requested about $8 million, but had no guarantees of getting anything," City Manager Ed Sotelo said. "To have secured $6.5 million is outstanding. We're delighted."

Once completed, the project should be a boon to the area in terms of economics and convenience, Sotelo said.

"There will be a tremendous benefit for commuters," he said. "This region will benefit greatly because of the ease of congestion."

The project is expected to start in 2002 and be completed in 2006.

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Saturday October 7, 2000 Ventura County Edition Metro Part B Page 3 Zones Desk 1 inches; 27 words Type of Material: Correction
Bridge funds--A story Friday contained inaccurate information about money Oxnard will be given to help widen the Santa Clara River bridge. The $6.5 million was approved by Congress on Friday.

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