The Need for Upgrades
The City's major infrastructure facilities (particularly circulation: the storm drain and sewer), have not been keeping up with development needs. By example, the freeway interchanges along the I-10 freeway have not been upgraded since the freeway was constructed in 1955, when the population was 10% of what it is today.
The I-10/Sierra Avenue interchanges reconstruction finally began in December 2000. Rapid residential growth in the northern and southern portions of the City has taxed the local street system's ability to handle traffic flows.
A major east-west street in South Fontana is only half built although more than 6,000 homes have been built there since 1983. Major sewer and storm drain systems are necessary to ensure the health and safety of persons and property is maintained.
Addressing Critical Needs
The Capital Improvements Program (CIP) is in place to address critical transportation and infrastructure needs in the community resulting from Fontana's rapid growth.
As part of the City of Fontana's First Quarter Fiscal Year 2000-2001 budget adjustments, the Fontana City Council officially adopted the Capital Improvements Program. Initially included in the CIP were 18 projects with a total estimated cost of $50 million to $80 million.
The overall number of projects has since expanded to 27 with an associated estimated cost in excess of $200 million.