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Transportation projects get state funding boost

Road and rail projects in San Joaquin County are set to receive about $30 million of the $359 million in transportation funding announced by state officials Wednesday.

For drivers, about $10 million will be used to make improvements to Highway 4 in the Delta west of Stockton. The Bacon Island Rehabilitation Project covers about 12 miles' worth of road, widening and upgrading intersections, adding shoulder and median rumble strips, upgrading drainage and repaving where needed.

For rail passengers, $20.5 million is headed toward building 3.8 miles of double railroad track between Stockton and Escalon. It will improve the on-time performance of Amtrak's San Joaquin routes using the tracks, according to the California Transportation Commission. The route connects Stockton to Sacramento, Oakland and Bakersfield.

It's a rail route that has seen administrative changes in recent months. It's governed by the newly created San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority, consisting of agencies along the route. Management of the San Joaquin route has been taken over by the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission, which is the Stockton-based agency that owns and operates the Altamont Corridor Express train.

The money for all the projects was allocated by the California Transportation Commission on Wednesday, according to an announcement.

The 36 projects receiving $359 million will create jobs, reduce traffic congestion, repair roads and bridges and improve rail service, according to the announcement.

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