Congresswoman Matsui Announces Sacramento Region to Receive $1.5 Million in Federal Funds for Broadway Bridge Project

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Washington, DC, September 10, 2014 | comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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Congresswoman Matsui Announces Sacramento Region to Receive $1.5 Million in Federal Funds for Broadway Bridge Project

Receives $1.5 Million TIGER Grant from U.S. Dept. of Transportation

Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-06) announced that the Sacramento region, led by the City of West Sacramento, has received $1.5 million from the Department of Transportation’s TIGER VI Discretionary Grants Program.  The grant will complete the environmental documentation phase of a new Broadway Bridge crossing the Sacramento River, connecting the City of West Sacramento and Sacramento.

“As both Sacramento’s downtown core and the City of West Sacramento continue to grow, it is essential that we increase transportation options and connectivity in the region.  I am pleased that this TIGER grant will allow progress to continue on the Broadway Bridge, which will span the Sacramento River, connecting the two cities,” said Congresswoman Matsui.  “This bridge will improve economic vitality, public safety, and quality of life in the region by providing easier access to jobs and other core services on both sides of the river.”  

The Sacramento Riverfront Master Plan of 2003 found that two new bridges are needed to create additional transit connections across the Sacramento River.  In 2013, both cities adopted resolutions to pursue improvements to the I Street Bridge and Broadway Bridge.  Funding for the I Street Bridge has been identified and the initial planning stages have begun.  A feasibility study has been completed on the Broadway Bridge project, and the City of West Sacramento took the lead in applying for this $1.5 million TIGER grant to compete project authorization and the environmental documentation phase.

“As Mayor, I have said from the beginning that we win as a region,” said Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. ”Today’s announcement of a $1.5 million TIGER grant for a new Broadway Bridge is a big victory for our community. Improving connectivity between Sacramento and West Sacramento will stimulate economic growth and enhance quality of life on both sides of the river. At a time when things aren’t moving in Washington D.C. as quickly as we would like, I commend Representative Matsui for her leadership and for continuing to fight for the City of Sacramento and our region.”

“This TIGER grant is representative of the federal government’s understanding of the importance of urban redevelopment and responsiveness to our region’s needs,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon.  “I am grateful to Congresswoman Matsui for her leadership in connecting our region and her advocacy on behalf of our transportation and infrastructure projects.”
Congresswoman Matsui is a strong supporter of increasing connections between Sacramento and West Sacramento, and submitted a letter supporting the grant application.

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