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Department of Transportation Announces Funding Secured by Rep. Baca is Now Available

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Location: Washington, DC

Today, the Department of Transportation announced that federal funding is now available for the I-10 Pepper Avenue interchange construction project, located in Colton, California. $905,520 in federal funding was secured by Congressman Joe Baca (D-Rialto) in the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2008.

"This transportation funding is of critical importance to our Inland communities," said Rep. Baca. "The new I-10 Pepper Avenue Interchange will reduce congestion for employees and patients of the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, and also improve the movement of goods through San Bernardino."

The original earmark request submitted by Rep. Baca was included in conference report legislation for the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill which passed both the House and Senate in November 2007. After the bill was signed into law by the President, the Department of Transportation had to process the request and today officially announced that funding from the request is now available for the City of Colton to apply for.

"This federal funding points to the growth and economic significance of the Inland Empire as a hub for California," concluded Rep. Baca. "I applaud the Department of Transportation for their action on this matter. This funding will benefit the quality of life for Inland residents, and help to ensure our continued economic viability."

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