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Posted on: September 4, 2018

Gas Tax Funds Keep Roadways Moving

Airport Blvd. Reconstruction Project

Road construction/reconstruction projects are moving along with the help of gas tax funds.




construction equipmentAfter recognizing that the State of California had a backlog of about $130 billion for maintenance of highways, roads, and bridges, the Legislature and Governor passed an increase in gas tax, known as Senate Bill 1 (SB!). The funding from the tax doubles Watsonville's road maintenance budget, allowing the City to tackle more projects each year. SB1 funds also support efforts outside of the City that impact Watsonville residents. These projects provide increased road safety and decreased congestion along Highway 1, and County-wide public transportation improvements.

The next big project the City is working on is a section of Airport Boulevard from West Gate Drive to Aviation Way. This $2.2 million dollar project is funded by a combination of Gas Tax and State Grants. It is expected to begin this fall, and should be completed early next year.


Improvements include:

  • Pavement reconstruction for longer lasting roadways
  • Street striping and signage creating clearer and safer conditions for vehicles and cyclists
  • Pedestrian safety components like new sidewalks, curb ramps, and an enhanced pedestrian crossing with a center refuge island

This is one of many projects aimed at maintaining Watsonville's roadways to improve the safety and experience of everyone using City streets. For more information, please contact Public Works at 768-3100.

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