Solano County

I-80/680 interchange funding gets deadline extension

By From page A3 | June 12, 2013

FAIRFIELD — The deadline to secure $24 million in state bond money for the Green Valley interchange has been extended a year, but transportation officials hope to have issues resolved in August.

The California Transportation Commission delayed a vote for the second time until Pacific Gas & Electric Co. can address the “Buy America” laws that require it to use parts built in the United States. Part of the $100 million Interstates 80/680 interchange project requires PG&E to relocate utilities, which uses a certain part not made in America.

Daryl Halls, executive director of the Solano Transportation Authority, said the discussion Tuesday in Sacramento centered around PG&E and Southern California Edison being questioned on their practices. Eventually the Solano Transportation Authority was given the extension, which keeps it eligible for the funding.

“They were asked a lot of questions,” Halls said. “What they did, is gave us time. They are clearly advocates of our projects. They want this thing resolved. Hopefully we can make some progress.”

The commission doesn’t meet in July and will next convene in August, Halls said.

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Danny Bernardini

Danny Bernardini

Danny is a newspaper man born and raised in Vacaville. He attended Chico State University and has written for the Enterprise Record and the Reporter. Covers the City of Fairfield, education and crime. A's, Warriors and Saints fan. Listener of vinyl, frequent visitor to the East Bay. Registered "decline to state" voter. Loves a good steak.

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