The San Mateo County Transportation Authority (TA) Board of Directors adopted its Highway Program of Projects at its February meeting. The TA will partner with the sponsors of the seven projects included in the program, which are designed to reduce congestion and improve public safety on commute corridors.
Four of the projects have been designated as pipeline projects, marking them as top priorities for the agency due to the need to complete work already started. The US 101 Managed Lanes Project seeks to expand the use of express lanes so they would run from Highway 380 to the southern border of the County with funding for final design, right of way and construction. The US 101/Woodside Road Interchange Improvements Project, spearheaded by Redwood City, provides funding for right of way acquisition and utility relocation for the reconstruction of the interchange, which should improve highway operations, reduce congestion on local streets, remove barriers to bicyclists and pedestrians and minimize negative impacts on nearby businesses.
The remaining two projects both examine the US 101/SR 92 interchange, with the Interchange Improvement Project looking to improve the critical connection in the short-term and the Direct Connector Project looking at longer term fixes.
In addition, the Bayfront Expressway, Willow and Marsh Road Adaptive Signal Timing Project in Menlo Park seeks to improve the signal timing system on Willow Road to improve traffic flow. The SR 1/Manor Dirve Overcrossing project will prepare a preliminary planning study to look at the widening of the Manor Drive overcrossing between Palmetto Avenue and Oceana Boulevard in Pacifica. Finally, South San Francisco’s Railroad Avenue Extension Project would prepare a planning study on a potential new three lane road between South Linden Avenue and East Grand Avenue on an existing railroad spur.
These projects were submitted by cities and local agencies for the Highway Program Call for Projects (CFP) last fall. With the Board’s approval, approximately $45.8 million in Measure A funds have been committed to the program with $25.6 million being allocated to specific projects. All submissions for the CFP require a minimum of 10 percent match funding from the filing agency.
About the TA: Created to administer Measure A, San Mateo County’s ½ sales tax, the Transportation Authority provides funding for transportation and infrastructure improvement projects. In 2004, more than 75 percent of San Mateo County residents voted to reauthorize Measure A for an additional 25 years.