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Council Member Visits Washington D.C.

Council member Frank Ferry is in Washington D.C. this week, seeking funding for the Cross Valley Connector, the new eight-and-a-half-mile roadway that will ultimately link SR 14 to Interstate 5/126 through the City. The Cross Valley Connector is a $245 million capital project that is funded by the City, the federal government, the state and private development. To date, funding has reached $182 million or 75% of the total cost to build the road. The current funding gap of $62 million is needed to finish the construction. It is anticipated that the private sector commitment will growth during the upcoming months. A federal appropriations request has been submitted for $8 million for inclusion in the Federal Fiscal Year 2006 transportation appropriations legislation. The funds will be used to begin construction of the approximately 1,100-foot bridge spanning the Santa Clara River. This bridge will serve as the link to already completed segments on Newhall Ranch Road and Golden Valley Road. “We’ve been very pleased with the vast support we’ve received for this project to date. We have participation from all levels of government, plus developer support. The Cross Valley Connector is critical to the mobility needs of our region and will be critical for our community,” said Council member Frank Ferry. Ferry will be meeting with representatives of Senator Feinstein, Senator Boxer, Congressman Joe Knollenberg, Congressman McKeon and others in an effort to assure funding for the Cross Valley Connector.