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I-215 project continues with federal aid

September 14, 2009 4:12:49 PM PDT
It might seem a little strange, having a ground breaking when a project is already underway. But this was a project that was about come to a grinding halt, because of state and local budget problems. However, Monday, amidst balloons, lights and a big crowd, good news came to San Bernardino.

"The I-215 project will continue and be completed because of its award of federal stimulus funds," announced Larry Sharp of Arrowhead Credit Union.

Supervisor Josie Gonzales says not only will an additional two lanes be added to this freeway, thousands of short-term jobs will be created.

"The jobs are essential, in order to be able to increase the per capita income, consequently, the property values, sales tax generators that are very important," says Gonzales, adding that the project's prospects were looking "pretty bleak" without the federal stimulus money.

Phase one and two of the project which involves widening the 215 from the 10 up to Rialto Avenue, are almost finished.

Phase three which involves widening the freeway up to Massachusetts avenue, started Monday.

Then comes phase four, which involves widening the freeway up to the recently expanded 210.

Something San Bernardino drivers will appreciate.

Carlos Salazar, owner of Salazar Services, works right off the 215 Freeway, and says a widened freeway, with less traffic, will be much better for everyone.

"They're very happy with the 210, that's one of the main things, but now with the 215 widening, it will make things so much better, just so much better," says Salazar.

"With people coming from Vegas, it always locks up with accidents, so especially with the mall, now that it's busier, it will make traffic so much nicer and a better commute for everybody else," he adds.

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