State transportation planners are recommending that efforts to continue to widen a major Central Coast highway be funded.
The California Transportation Commission’s staff says the commission should allocated $88 million dollars to widen five miles of Highway 46, from the Shandon Roadside rest area, to the Jack Ranch Café.
With 46 miles of widening work already completed, or funded, Caltrans, San Luis Obispo County, and Kern County are trying to close the remaining 16 mile gap.
A key section of Highway 46 which remains unfunded is a difficult section of the 46 known as Antelope Grade.
The Commission is also getting a staff recommendation to fund $19 million dollars in design work to widen Highway 46 East at its junction with Highway 41.