Congressman Bob Filner is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $20.2 million to the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) under the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program.
SANDAG will use the award to complete the development of a 6 lane highway that will connect Otay Mesa and future Otay Mesa East border crossing to I-805.
“This project is particularly important to my constituents because it will improve the flow of goods between the United States and Mexico, eliminate substantial truck traffic through residential communities, and improve the regions air quality by lessening congestion and truck idling at the border,” said Congressman Filner. “The project will also create critically important jobs for the region’s economic vitality!”
The TIGER grant program was included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to spur a national competition for innovative, multi-modal and multi-jurisdictional transportation projects that promise significant economic and environmental benefits to an entire metropolitan area, a region or the nation. Projects funded include improvements to roads, bridges, rail, ports, transit and intermodal facilities.
In total, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced $1.5 billion in TIGER grant awards to fund 51 innovative transportation projects nation-wide. Three other projects in California also received awards for a total of $130 million.