On Sept. 8, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, along with Congressman Pete Aguilar and Congresswoman Norma Torres, visited Fontana to celebrate the award of a $15 million grant from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The grant will assist in funding the Building a Better Connected Inland Empire Transportation Project.
This grant will help construct a 0.5-mile multi-use trail and sidewalk network so that the 3,500 students at nearby Etiwanda High School can safely walk or bike to school. The grant will also support a rebuild of two primary roadway corridors near SR 210 and I-15 with additional lane capacity, protected left turn lanes, roundabouts, bus turnouts, streetlights, more than four miles of bike lanes, and sidewalks. These improvements will make transportation safer, shorten commute times, expand options for biking, walking, and bus transit – all while reducing carbon emissions in the area.
In addition, the project will improve transportation across 536 acres of the Westgate Development and bring improved access to essential services and more economic opportunity for nearby neighborhoods – creating over 7,500 jobs in the area and spurring economic development.
“This marks a significant step toward improving our infrastructure,” said Mayor Acquanetta Warren. “Fontana is growing fast, we must work together to be successful. I want to personally thank everyone who worked tirelessly to make this project and grant award possible. Our congressional partners, Congresswoman Norma Torres and Congressman Pete Aguilar continue to be steadfast advocates for this City and region.”