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North County Leaders Meet

CTC OK's I-5 Pavement Rehab

Election 2016

HOV Lanes in Design

Metro Plan Puts I-5 HOV Lanes on Fast Track

Transportation Funding Options

Truck Lanes Open

Save the Date for Mobility 21

47 Percent and Counting!

It's Getting Real!

Leaders Unite at COG Summit

The Case for I-5

405 Closure Countdown

Help On the Way!

SCAG Draft RTP

Start Your Shovels!

The BIG Picture!

Caltrans I-5 Info Online

Mobility 21 Summit 2011

Earmarks and Transportation Funding

Metro Approves LRTP

Jobs & the Gateway Project

Mobility 21 Summit Set for Oct. 29

Commentary: The Need for Truck Lanes

Help Is on the Way

L.A.'s New Math: 30/10 = 12?

Mobility 21 Preview

Measure R Potential

Mobility 21 Summit Set for Sept. 21

I-5 Carpool Improvements

Economic Stimulus Analysis

McKeon Goes to Bat for I-5

Freeway-Friendly Administration?

SCAG Includes I-5 in RTP

MTA, County Place Initiative on Ballot

Federal Funding Update

I-5 HOV Grand Opening

North County Roadway Updates

Freeway Status Updates

I-5 crash follow-up

Scoping Begins

August Update: I-5/Magic Mountain Parkway

HOV Lanes South of SCV

Construction Continues

Hasley Bridge

SCV Area Roadway Projects

Antelope Valley Area Road Projects

March 07, 2011

Jobs & the Gateway Project


Freeway Upgrades Will Bring Direct and Indirect Economic Benefits


Commentary

By Victor Lindenheim

Executive Director,
Golden State Gateway Coalition

“The first priority for the coming year is the economy and jobs…”
— Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger

“The Governor hit the nail on the head when he said job creation is California’s No. 1 priority.”
— State Sen. George Runner

 “I agree with (the Governor) that putting California jobs first must be a top priority….”
— Assemblyman Cameron Smyth
(R-Santa Clarita)

Our governor, Santa Clarita Valley’s state senator and our assemblyman unequivocally agree on one thing: Creating jobs for Californians is job No. 1 — even while California ’s budget is scheduled for major surgery.

The Governor’s state of the state speech was a pretty good one, according to a cross section of pundits, supporters and even one or two detractors. But, alas, I could not find the word “transportation” in the text of the Governor’s state of the state remarks.

I forgive him. He obviously has other things on his mind.

I would, though, like to take the opportunity to talk about one thing he did mention that he thought was important: jobs. We at the Gateway Coalition think jobs are important, too.

And, the freeway improvement project we have been advocating will create jobs. Lots of them.

In fact, just the first phase of the project — extending the I-5 truck lanes over the Newhall Pass — will directly generate 2,100 full-time jobs and $87 million in wages. And that is less than 30 percent of the total project investment going forward, which will create even more jobs.

The construction jobs will be filled by Southern California workers. And some local manufacturing and supply industries will be providing materials; some local service companies will be supplying services. Those construction workers and suppliers may want to grab a sandwich or buy a toy for the kids from a store near the freeway construction site. There is even a probability of some localized sales of cars and homes to participants in this major freeway construction project who may have been looking elsewhere.

If you don’t think the I-5 Gateway Improvement project is good for job creation and California’s economy, I think I know why.

You probably work for the state of Nevada.