Regional Projects

Measure V Allocates 44% to Regional Projects

If $450 million is collected over 30 years, then $198 million will be available for Regional Projects - $121.5 million on the Eastside and $76.5 million on the Westside.

  • 27% of the total is for an Eastside share, to be spent on projects east of the San Joaquin River. 
  • 17% of the total is for a Westside share, to be spent on projects west of the San Joaquin River. 

The dividing line between Eastside and Westside shares is the San Joaquin River. Two committees will be created to recommend projects: 

  • The Eastside Regional Projects Committee will consist of one council person from each City that includes area east of the San Joaquin River and each County Supervisor whose district includes area east of the River. 
  • The Westside Regional Projects Committee will consist of one council person from each City that includes area west of the San Joaquin River and each County Supervisor whose district includes area west of the River. 

As the Local Transportation Authority overseeing the funds, the Governing Board of Merced County Association of Governments has the authority to approve recommendations made by the Regional Projects Committees. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the MCAG Governing Board shall not approve a project that has not been recommended by a Regional Projects Committee.

Regional Projects must be listed in the applicable Regional Transportation Plan, which is updated every four years and can be amended as needed. These projects provide for the movement of goods, services, and people throughout Merced County. Projects on the State Highway system or the Regional Road System or the Regional Transportation System defined by MCAG are Regional Projects. Projects located in or directly benefitting more than one jurisdiction are Regional Projects. 

Examples of Regional Projects include but are not limited to: 

  • Improving highway and freeways 
  • Adding lanes to projects on the Regional Road System 
  • Improvements on the Regional Transportation System 
  • Passenger Rail 
  • Bus Rapid Transit 
  • Regional bikeways and trails 
  • Improvements to Regional Airports 
  • Transportation Demand Management benefitting more than one jurisdiction, such as vanpools and ridesharing.

Funds can be used for all phases of project development and implementation. In some cases, other sources of funding will also be used for these projects, for example State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) funds.

EAST SIDE REGIONAL PROJECT EXPENDITURES - $6,480,000

WINTON WAY RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT PHASE 1

$1,000,000 towards the reconstruction of Winton Way in Atwater beginning at Broadway Avenue to include ADA sidewalks and relocated crosswalks. The total cost of the project is estimated at $1,500,000. The City of Atwater has committed local funding to complete this project. 

HIGHWAY 99 WINTON PARKWAY ON-RAMP WIDENING PROJECT

$840,000 for the environmental, design and construction phases to widen Winton Parkway in Livingston to include a dedicated turn lane for the State Highway 99 southbound on-ramp. The total cost of the project is estimated at $1,240,000.  The City of Livingston has committed Local Transportation Funds, SB 1 funds and Measure V Local Project funds to complete this project.

HIGHWAY 59 BLACK RASCAL BRIDGE PROJECT

$460,000 for the project study, environmental and design phases to widen Black Rascal Bridge on State Highway 59 in Merced to a four-lane structure. The total project cost is estimated at $4,090,000. The City of Merced will pursue additional funding through the Federal Highway Bridge program to complete this project.

HIGHWAY 59 PHASE 1

$764,580 for the project development phases to widen State Highway 59 from 16th Street to Olive Avenue/Santa Fe Drive in Merced and construct new sidewalks. The total project cost is estimated at $5,944,300. The City of Merced will pursue additional funding to complete this project.

BRADBURY ROAD PROJECT

$950,000 for the design and construction phases of the Bradbury Road rehabilitation project from State Highway 165 to State Highway 99 in Merced County. The total project cost is estimated at $950,000.

SANDY MUSH ROAD PHASE 1

$2,465,420 towards the design and construction phases of the Sandy Mush Road rehabilitation project from State Highway 59 to Nickel Road in Merced County. The total project cost is estimated at $2,465,420.

WEST SIDE REGIONAL PROJECT EXPENDITURES - $4,080,000 

CENTER AVENUE NORTH PROJECT

$200,000 towards the environmental, design and construction phases of the rehabilitation of Center Avenue and Loraine Street in Dos Palos and Center Avenue in Merced County. The project includes complete street rehabilitation including a bike path, ADA ramps and new transit stop. The total project cost is estimated at $936,000. The City of Dos Palos has committed local funding and will be pursuing grant opportunities to complete this project.

BLOSSOM STREET EAST PROJECT

$400,000 towards the environmental, design and construction/rehabilitation of East Blossom Street and portions of Lucerne Avenue, Leonard Avenue and Harris Avenue including ADA compliant sidewalks.  The total project cost is estimated at $2,488,310. The City of Dos Palos has committed local funding and will be pursuing other public and private funding opportunities to complete this project.

HIGHWAY 33/HIGHWAY 140 ROUNDABOUT PROJECT

$310,000 towards the construction of a new roundabout on State Highway 33/140 at the intersection of 4th Street and 6th Avenue in Gustine. The total project cost is estimated at $2,800,000. Other funding sources being used to complete this project include a Congestion Mitigation Air Quality grant.

EASTSIDE STORM DRAINAGE PROJECT 

$68,888 towards the construction of a renovated storm drainage system at Gustine Municipal Airport. The total project cost is estimated at $763,388. Other funding sources being used to complete this project include the Federal Aviation Administration and Turlock Airport.

AIRPORT SECURITY PROJECT

$75,000 towards the installation of new safety perimeter fencing and security gates at Gustine Municipal Airport. The total project cost is estimated at $115,000. Other funding sources being used to complete this project include the Local Partnership Program.