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Projects to see a funding boost from the new gas tax include coastal double tracking and Interstate 5 widening, seen here under construction near the San Elijo Lagoon at Manchester Avenue. (Nelvin C. Cepeda / San Diego Union-Tribune)


By Joshua Emerson Smith

The San Diego region is poised to receive $311 million in funding from the state’s new gas tax.

Much of the fund will go to large-scale projects overseen by the San Diego Association of Governments or SANDAG.

The money represents a “major infusion of funds,” SANDAG Chair and Del MarCouncilmember Terry Sinnott said in a press statement. “With more than $311 million recommended for award … construction can start in the coming months to deliver transportation system improvements, including adding carpool lanes, improving rail lines and building biking and walking paths.”

California Transportation Commission staff recommended the award to help pay for major projects in the region. The commission will vote on final approval when it meets in San Diego on May 16 and 17.

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