Tagus rehab project breaks ground near Tulare on Highway 99

CalTrans and the Tulare County Association of Governments work together to rehab five miles of Highway 99

TULARE – Highway 99 is not just the main thoroughfare for local commuters, it is an essential artery for the state’s economy. And now getting on the highway in Tulare should be easier thanks to the state’s Tagus rehabilitation project.

CalTrans, in cooperation with the Tulare County Association of Governments, broke ground last week on the $86 million project. Located near Horizon Nut and Avenue 264, CalTrans expects the project to increase safety, improve mobility and support efficient and timely movement of products through Tulare County.

Overall, approximately 5 miles of State Route 99 will see an increased capacity, expanding from a four-lane freeway configuration to a six-lane freeway between Prosperity Avenue in the City of Tulare to approximately 1.2 miles south of the Avenue 280 overcrossing.

“The continued rehabilitation of State Route 99 is part of our ongoing commitment to providing the safest possible travel for all drivers through the Central Valley,” Caltrans District 6 Director Diana Lopez said. “Route 99 is vital to our local residents and businesses, but also to how it connects the same residents and businesses to the rest of the state.”

Local politicians attended the groundbreaking ceremony. According to a CalTrans press release, state Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger), state Assemblyman Devon Mathis (R-Visalia), District 2 boar supervisor Pete Vander Poel, Tulare mayor Dennis Mederos and Visalia mayor Steve Nelson were in attendance.

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