The San Mateo County Transportation Authority (TA), the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County (C/CAG), and Caltrans District 4 have received the California Transportation Foundation’s Interchange Project of the Year Award for the US 101-Willow Road Interchange Reconstruction.
The project converted the previous full cloverleaf interchange into a more efficient partial cloverleaf design and replaced the overcrossing with a new structure that included additional lanes, sidewalks and enhanced bikeways. Construction was completed in October 2019.
This project’s $81 million total cost was funded by a $61.4 million Measure A allocation and $19.5 million by C/CAG administered State Transportation Improvement Program funds.
As with any major infrastructure project, this required collaboration between local and state partners. The communities living, working and commuting in Menlo Park and East Palo Alto have benefited from the support of transportation champions like State Assemblymembers Marc Berman, Kevin Mullin and State Senator Jerry Hill along with the local leadership of Menlo Park and East Palo Alto.
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.
About C/CAG: The City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County (C/CAG) represents all 21 jurisdictions in the County and is the Congestion Management Agency for San Mateo County and works on issues that affect the quality of life in general; transportation, air quality, stormwater runoff, hazardous waste, solid waste and recycling, and land use near airports.
About Caltrans: Caltrans manages more than 50,000 miles of California's highway and freeway lanes, provides inter-city rail services, permits more than 400 public-use airports and special-use hospital heliports, and works with local agencies. Caltrans carries out its mission of providing a safe, sustainable, integrated and efficient transportation system to enhance California's economy and livability, with six primary programs: Aeronautics, Highway Transportation, Mass Transportation, Transportation Planning, Administration and the Equipment Service Center.