NEEDED 118 FUNDS PUT OFF NEW EASTBOUND LANE TO BE DONE IN 2009 WESTBOUND LANE IN 2010.Byline: SUE DOYLE
SIMI VALLEY Simi Valley (sē`mē, sĭm`ē), city (1990 pop. 100,217), Ventura co., SW Calif. in an oil, fruit, and farm region; laid out 1887, inc. 1969. -- Homeward-bound commuters will find the going tough after the city lost its bid for state bond money Thursday to build another westbound lane on the Ronald Reagan Freeway.
With the eastbound freeway already being widened from Tapo Canyon Road to the Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. County line, Ventura County officials had hoped to receive nearly $33 million to add a westbound lane to the highway, which carries an estimated 118,000 vehicles a day.
Instead, the California Transportation Commission gave the region just $6 million on Thursday, which will be used to finish ramps at the Rocky Peak Rocky Peak is the name of the 3rd highest point in the Santa Susana Mountains, which overlook both Chatsworth and Simi Valley, in Southern California. The peak, which is 2,714 feet above sea level, sits on the Los Angeles County/Ventura County line. Road freeway interchange. Commissioners also promised they'll give high priority to the widening project when they dole out Verb 1. dole out - administer or bestow, as in small portions; "administer critical remarks to everyone present"; "dole out some money"; "shell out pocket money for the children"; "deal a blow to someone"; "the machine dispenses soft drinks" transportation money next year.
"We would have liked to get all the money to get the project done sooner than later," said Kerry Forsythe, deputy director of the Ventura County Transportation Commission. "But you take what you can get."
The freeway improvement money was a fraction of the $2.5 billion allocated from Proposition 1B, the $20 billion transportation bond passed by voters last year.
The commission last year gave Ventura County about $50 million to widen the 118 Freeway, which serves the booming Simi Valley and Moorpark areas.
However, the allocation wasn't enough to pay for the entire project, so Ventura So Ventura is the 2005 debut EP by Scottish band Tempercalm. Overview
So Ventura was limited to a run of 1000 copies, and some copies can still be found in select shops around the UK. County officials opted to began construction first on the eastbound lanes, which carries heavy traffic in the morning as commers head to jobs in Los Angeles.
The confusion was this year, when local officials applied for bond money to finish the project. The freeway widening project was listed as a new rather than an ongoing project, so the commission's staff recommended against funding it.
However, with the commission's promise to fund the expansion next year, there should not be a break in construction, Simi Valley City Manager Mike Sedell said. The eastbound expansion is scheduled for completion in 2009, with the westbound project a year later.
That won't be too soon for many motorists, who seek relief from stop-and-go freeway traffic by taking shortcuts See Win Shortcuts. through Simi SIMI Sea Ice Mechanics Initiative
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"You have this domino effect throughout the rest of the community," Sedell said.