$9.7M to bridge gaps in Doyle Drive rebuild cash 

click to enlarge The Doyle Drive rebuild, which is fixing the Golden Gate Bridge’s southern approach, was struck by unexpected federal and state funding delays. - SF EXAMINER FILE PHOTO
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  • The Doyle Drive rebuild, which is fixing the Golden Gate Bridge’s southern approach, was struck by unexpected federal and state funding delays.

Nearly $10 million in local sales taxes were approved Tuesday for the Doyle Drive rebuild project, an allocation key to bridging a $53 million shortfall.

The $1.04 billion plan to fix up the aging southern approach to the Golden Gate Bridge hit a snag last month when officials announced that unexpected federal and state funding delays had produced a yawning budget deficit, threatening to further set the project back.

On Tuesday, the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, a local planning agency that is governed by the Board of Supervisors, authorized $9.68 million in local funds to help make up the shortfall. Caltrans, the state transportation department that is co-leading the rebuild with the TA, is expected to match that allocation.



The biggest contribution to the project shortfall will come from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the region’s lead transit financing agency. Today, an MTC committee will be asked to recommend $34 million in federal funds for the rebuild. MTC officials said they would only recommend the allocation if the TA and Caltrans agreed to contribute funding of their own for the project. Tuesday’s approval of the $9.68 million fulfills the TA’s obligation.

Caltrans is expected to make a recommendation on its funding contribution today. The California Transportation Commission — which controls funding for Caltrans — and the MTC board of directors will vote on final authorization of their respective contributions later this month.

If the financing plan is completed by the end of March, project officials have said the Doyle Drive rebuild could be finished by mid-2015. If the financing plan is not approved, the project finish could be delayed until October 2015 or 2016 at the latest. It was originally expected to be finished in 2014.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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