Veterans Boulevard funding up for vote

Jul 17, 2012

Fresno’s long planned Veterans Boulevard interchange on Highway 99 between Herndon and Shaw Avenues may be closer to becoming a reality.

The Fresno City Council is scheduled to vote Thursday on a plan to spend $5.4 million on design and engineering plans for the roadway, which will connect Herndon Avenue across Highway 99 with Grantland Avenue.

The project is expected to solve a number of traffic problems in the fast growing area west of Highway 99. Last year, the City Council also approved the first phase of a planned El Paseo regional shopping center near the boulevard.

The city says it also expects the project’s Environmental Impact Report to be released this summer. It’s unknown when construction will begin on the project, which has been in the works for several decades. 

If approved, funding for the design work would come from a variety of sources including the countywide transportation sales tax known as Measure C, as well as federal grants.