Supervisor Benoit To Provide Testimony At Today’s Assembly Transportation Committee Hearing
SACRAMENTO – At the request of the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit is in Sacramento today to offer testimony on Assembly Bill 2098 (Jeff Miller) at the Assembly Committee on Transportation hearing (State Capitol, Room 4202 at 1:30 P.M).
"The 91 freeway is one of the state's most critical and congested freeways, and the Inland workforce's direct link to jobs in Orange and Los Angeles Counties," said Supervisor John J. Benoit. "Unfortunately, 16,000 jobs, and completion of this major project, have been put in jeopardy by opposition and threatened lawsuits from the Professional Engineers in California Government (PECG), a CalTrans employee union.”
AB 2098 authorizes the use of “Design-build” construction project delivery for the SR-91 Corridor Improvement Project. This locally funded highway plan would rebuild six interchanges and add general purpose and tolled express lanes in an 11-mile stretch from the Orange-Riverside County line to the City of Riverside. The $1.3 billion project could create 16,000 jobs in California's largest construction project since the east span of the Bay Bridge began earlier this decade. Without the use of the design-build system, the project will face years of delays with funding at stake due to the inability to provide cost and schedule certainty. Design-build would also move some of the work to the private sector and away from CalTrans.
“RCTC has asked me to lead a large contingent of Riverside County leaders in a major lobbying effort to overcome PECG’s powerful opposition. It is truly unfortunate that these CalTrans employees have delayed and may actually kill this important project, when so many other lives could be positively impacted. I hope to use my legislative experience to convince my former colleagues to weigh in on the side of the motorist, the taxpayer and the unemployed.”