FONTANA - The city has received a $900,000 Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program grant for improvements on Foothill Boulevard from Oleander Avenue to Cypress Avenue - a key thoroughfare in the city.

"This is the maximum amount that may be awarded to any recipient, and we are thrilled the federal government has recognized the crucial need to construct these safety improvements in this critical corridor," Mayor Acquanetta Warren said.

The grant is about 50 percent of construction costs, said Senior Engineer Noel Castillo, add that the balance comes from a mixture of local and state funds.

The construction along Foothill Boulevard from Oleander Avenue to Cypress Avenue consists of a raised median and new decorative traffic signal at Oleander Avenue. The intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Oleander Avenue has been No. 1 on the city's list of intersections in need of a traffic signal for several years now, Castillo said.

Foothill Boulevard is a major corridor through the city of Fontana and this project will provide better traffic flow. There are several commercial areas and residential developments along the project limits, and the improvements will better serve the residents, commercial developments and businesses, Castillo said.

"The raised median should help reduce rear-end collisions from people slowing down to make left-hand turns," he said.

"In addition to the immediate traffic flow and safety benefits, this project will also enhance future business and commercial development along Foothill Boulevard. The new improvements to be installed as a result of the HSIP funds will be a key component to working toward improving Foothill Boulevard overall," Warren said.


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