Federal Transportation Funding Approved for the Next Five Years!

The Tulare County Association of Governments (TCAG) applauds the hard work of the Congressional delegation from the Valley in passing the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), a five-year federal transportation bill.

Throughout this year, TCAG’s office worked closely with Congressman Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), to keep him informed of the transportation needs of the Valley, and to evaluate legislative proposals which might affect our work in the San Joaquin Valley. We are glad to have a close partner in House of Representatives Majority Leader McCarthy, who managed through long negotiations to build a coalition in support of this multi-year highway bill.

The FACT Act is the first transportation bill to provide funding for a national freight network. Due to the efforts of the Valley Congressional leaders, SR-99 is a high priority route for the new freight program. Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22) has worked for many years to have SR-99 recognized as a route of national importance as well as ensure any national freight program will allow for SR-99 widening.

Congressman David Valadao (CA-21) worked to include language in the FAST Act to allow states the flexibility to issue overweight permits to federal truck weight limits.

The FAST Act also includes more flexibility for regions, streamlined environmental review, continued funding to help with air quality improvement, and ensures dedicated funding for bridge replacement and repair.

For a number of years, TCAG has sponsored trips to Washington to encourage Congress to approve a multi-year quality transportation program. Congress listened and the FAST Act was passed and signed into law that will benefit the citizens of Tulare County.

“We would like to express our appreciation to our local elected leaders who listened to our requests and assisted in getting this funding passed. It will allow us to continue to keep moving forward with the much needed road and transportation projects here in Tulare County.” – Phil Cox. Chairman TCAG

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