FRESNO, California (KGPE) – Visalia area Assemblymember Devon Mathis has made a public plea to save the funding earmarked to improve Highway 99.
Mathis spoke at the California Transportation Commission hearing in Modesto on Tuesday.
It comes after Governor Gavin Newsom signed executive order N-19-19. It leverages billions of dollars in transportation funds from the state’s gas tax that was supposed to be used to fix highways and directs it towards the railway system and other projects.
It means a plan to widen Highway 99 in the Central Valley has been cast aside.
“As all of you know, S-R 99 is vital to the state of California and for the nation for freight goods movement,” Mathis told the commission.
“It is unacceptable to delay improvements to S-R 99 and to this corridor, which quite frankly hauls more freight than the entire state of Texas.”
Mathis adds that the state released the draft recommendations to delete the Highway 99 projects on October 1st with no notice to the residents of the San Joaquin Valley.