Sen. Dodd secures $5 million for Hwy 37 improvements

Rep. Mike Thompson and Rep. Jared Huffman have earmarked $7 million in federal funding in the INVEST Act for improvements for Highway 37 as global warming threatens the link between Vallejo and Novato with rising sea levels. (Photo by John Burgess/The Press Democrat)

Posted on September 14, 2021

Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, announced that he secured $5 million to help reverse the effects of climate change and sea-level rise along Highway 37.

“Global warming has triggered a dangerous rise in tidal waters across the San Francisco Bay and that’s now threatening a vital commuter route,” Sen. Dodd said. “This funding helps us address the environmental degradation of our wetlands and advance improvements to this critical transportation artery. These investments bring us a closer to creating a sustainable and less congested roadway.”

Senate Bill 170, which passed the Senate and Assembly, includes $5 million to be administered by the Sonoma County Transportation Authority. The allocation comes in addition to $3 million secured by Sen. Dodd in the July budget.

Details include:

  • $5 million for environmental mitigation, marsh restoration and sea-level rise protection along Highway 37.
  • $3 million (July budget) for design and planning of interim improvements including adding a lane between Sears Point and Vallejo to increase capacity and reduce traffic.

“This infusion of early funding will keep Highway 37 improvements on track and ensure we are doing all we can to restore the bay lands,” Sonoma County Supervisor, David Rabbitt, who chairs the State Route 37 Joint Policy Committee, said. “We are excited to put the funds to good use and leverage them to provide relief for commuters stuck in traffic.”


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