President Donald Trump signed a bill Monday that will pay for $2 billion worth of highway projects in California, a significant chunk of which will go to California’s largest city.
The $2,056 million in construction will be the first installment of a multi-billion-dollar project that Trump announced in his first 100 days as president.
It is one of a handful of major projects that have been approved in the past week, including a $500 million highway project to replace Interstate 5 with a highway that will stretch from Los Angeles to San Diego and an $800 million project to widen Interstate 8A from I-5 to I-880 in Southern California.
The president signed the bill, which was presented to Congress by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, in a meeting with California Highway Patrol and other state officials.
Chao said she was pleased with the legislation.
“I’m pleased to see that the president and the Secretary of Transportation have a bipartisan agreement to invest in our state’s transportation system,” Chao said.
The legislation includes $400 million to help build a bridge connecting the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta region of California to the Pacific Coast Highway system in California’s Central Valley.
The bridge would help alleviate traffic congestion on Interstate 5.
“The bridge project will be a great example of how we can create new jobs, build more highways and improve the quality of life for our people in our region,” Chao told a crowd of about 100 people.
Chao also noted that $500,000 was appropriated for a bridge that would connect the Los Angeles-Long Beach International Airport with the San Francisco-Oakland International Airport, which would also serve the Pacific coast region.
The new projects are the latest in a long-term strategy of the Trump administration to improve roads and bridges, but they were welcomed by transportation experts who say they could be a game-changer in the country’s transportation future.
Trump announced the $2-billion project in December, just as the Trump Administration was preparing to launch the largest infrastructure spending package in American history.
The President has repeatedly said that he would spend at least $5 trillion on infrastructure and that the money will come from a combination of federal and private sources.
The money will help pay for construction on highways, bridges, tunnels, power lines, and other projects, including the $4.6 billion $5 billion tunnel under the Gulf of Mexico.
The highway project is part of a broader $1.2 trillion package that the Trump government has been planning to spend for the next three years.
The administration has proposed a package of $2 trillion over 10 years, but that proposal is currently in limbo as Congress is still debating a $1 trillion infrastructure package.