State OKs $175M to fix Doyle Drive 

Ask and ye shall receive. On Tuesday, San Francisco officials made a public plea to state transportation officials for $175 million in funding to seismically upgrade Doyle Drive, the southern approach to the Golden Gate Bridge.

On Wednesday, they learned that the agency approved a $405 million allocation for the project.

Close to 120,000 cars travel over Doyle Drive daily. Simulation models show that if the Golden Gate Bridge approach were to be shut down due to earthquake damage, traffic would be brought to a crawl on all other major Bay Area bridges, according to city officials.

For more than three decades, there have been efforts to make the safety improvements, but they have stalled, in part due to a lack of funding. The project is now calculated to cost $810 million.

On Monday, San Francisco’s elected officials learned that the Doyle Drive replacement had not been recommended for funding that would be allocated as a result of the $19.9 billion transportation bond measure approved by voters in November. Mayor Gavin Newsom said he had been told The City’s proposal did not make the cut because Doyle Drive was a seismic safety project not a congestion management project.

On Wednesday, the California Transportation Commission, voted to approve funding for the project, however, through another state fund, the State Highway Operation and Protection Program.

In a statement released to the press, Newsom said the state allocation came as a result of "the hard work and commitment of the Bay Area’s state delegation" — including state Sen. Carole Migden, Assemblyman Mark Leno, Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, and Supervisors Aaron Peskin, Jake McGoldrick and Michela Alioto-Pier — which lobbied the CTC aggressively for the funds.

beslinger@examiner.com

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