Members of Congress get millions for Tri-Valley projects | News
Half a dozen projects in Tri-Valley communities, along with a handful of others with countywide impacts, received nearly $20 million in federal funding this month thanks to the efforts of U.S. Representatives Eric Swalwell and Mark DeSaulnier.
Secured under the appropriations bill signed by President Joe Biden last week, the list of local projects to receive federal funds includes Veterans Park in downtown Livermore, the Urgent Care Program mental health Axis Bridge, two Iron Horse regional trail projects, and traffic signal upgrades. in Danville.
“I am extremely pleased that the government funding bill includes $11,525,000 in funding for community projects that will help the residents of CA-15, the creation of a new community center and a veterans park. , to improving safety for cyclists and pedestrians in the East Bay,” Swalwell (D-Livermore) said in a statement. “I’m proud to have fought for this funding that will make our community healthier, safer and more resilient.”
“For the first time in a decade, we finally have the ability to provide funding to Contra Costa for specific projects that will have a meaningful impact on people’s daily lives,” DeSaulnier (D-Concord) added of the $8 million he got. “From supporting mental health resources to improving commuting, the quality of life for county residents will be greatly improved by this critical funding.”
Swalwell’s list of nine district-wide projects includes:
* $2 million to finalize designs for construction of the Iron Horse Regional Trail Cycling Pedestrian Bridge in San Ramon.
* $1 million to support the new Veterans Park in downtown Livermore, with the money available for design, engineering, rights and construction.
* $450,000 for the Axis Bridge Mental Health Urgent Care Services pilot program between the cities of Pleasanton, Livermore and Dublin and Axis Community Health.
* $375,000 for the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District to develop a “Latinx Support and Access” community engagement program.
Two other projects on Swalwell’s catalog have regional implications: $1.7 million for the Alameda County Transportation Commission’s Safe Routes to Schools mini-grants program, and $3.5 million for improvements made by the East Bay Municipal Utility District to the Upper San Leandro Drinking Water Treatment Plant (EBMUD’s service includes much of the San Ramon Valley).
A little north in the Tri-Valley in the DeSaulnier district, the list of projects includes:
* $1 million for the Danville city-wide traffic signal modernization project, including the replacement of aging traffic signal equipment, vehicle detection systems and communications infrastructure.
* $350,000 for the Iron Horse Trail Bridge, Nature Walk and Pedestrian Safety Project in Danville, in coordination with the cities of San Ramon and Dublin.
Contra Costa County projects for DeSaulnier include Mobile Crisis Response Team expansion ($1.061 million), Contra Costa Crisis Services Center project ($1 million), Contra Costa Regional Medical Center Collaborative Care Implementation ($900,000), Office of Education Internet Access Project ($900,000), Department of Conservation and Development ($750,000) and improvements to local veterans memorial buildings ($700,000).
The 12-bill omnibus government funding package, which passed the House of Representatives and the Senate before being signed by Biden on March 15, included a series of national initiatives as well as emergency aid to Ukraine.