This article in the paper caught my eye today

Construction will start this month on the widening of Highway 99 starting in Kingsburg and ending in Goshen — taking the highway from two lanes to three in both directions. Officials had a groundbreaking for the project Friday.

“This is important to our region. It will save lives and help the environment,” said Rudy Mendoza, a staff member for Congressman Devin Nunes, R-Visalia. “One word describes what we’re doing here: progress.”

The widening project, coming in at $110 million, is expected to be complete in mid 2014, Caltrans says. The majority of the project is being funded by Proposition 1B, which allocated $8 billion for transportation projects since it was approved by voters in 2006. The widening will remove the highway’s median and oleanders and add lanes through the 14-mile stretch between Goshen and Kingsburg.

More than 50,000 motorists make their way up and down 99 each day between Goshen and Kingsburg.

Nunes of course, loves everything to do with highways. How widening a highway will help the environment, baffles me.

Also, is it just me, or does 50,000 cars a day seem low? The area already has four lanes, meaning 12,500 cars per lane, per day. Don’t traffic lanes generally carry around 2,500 cars per hour?

It seems like the 99 is not anywhere near capacity at the moment.

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