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Funding for Loyola Bridge project approved

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved the final $1.2 million needed to add two left-turn lanes and six-feet wide shoulders in both directions on the bridge that spans Foothill Expressway near Loyola Corners.

According to a statement from Supervisor Liz Kniss, the project will cost approximately $6.4 million and will widen the bridge, which connects the unincorporated San Antonio Hills area to Loyola Corners, by 11 feet.

“An entire neighborhood depends on this bridge,” Kniss said in a statement. “When complete, it will be safer and much more pedestrian and bike friendly.”

The bridge is located in unincorporated Santa Clara County land and while the city of Los Altos has no jurisdiction over the project, councilmembers have advised county staff on design preferences.

Los Altos City Councilmembers unanimously supported the current design after a vote in October.

Money for the project comes from surplus funds from Measure B, a 0.5-cent sales-tax increase voters approved in 1996 that raised more than $1 billion for transportation projects.

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