From High Congestion to Highway Construction
When our transportation client sought funding support from a unique state program, Wendel Rosen’s experience with public agency law and negotiation acumen made the difference.
In 2007, the California Transportation Commission adopted the $4.5 billion Corridor Mobility Improvement Account (“CMIA”) program, the first commitment of funds from a $19.9 billion transportation infrastructure bond. The CMIA program presented state and local agencies with a unique opportunity to transform California’s transportation infrastructure. However, to be eligible for this funding, proposed projects were required to possess the majority of real property interests necessary to begin construction. Wendel Rosen’s client, the transportation agency for one of California’s largest counties, sought the firm’s expertise in obtaining the necessary land for its projects and securing funds from the CMIA program.
The Wendel Edge
A Wendel Rosen partner simultaneously led project teams for three separate projects to obtain – in less than six months – interests from more than 75 individual parcels, which helped secure in excess of $225 million in CMIA funds for the region’s projects.
The CMIA funds flowing from Wendel Rosen’s work allowed our client to execute three major transportation projects. The projects constructed high-occupancy vehicle lanes on a congested freeway, upgraded a heavily used road to a smooth-running expressway, and added refuge areas for disabled vehicles, and improved accessibility for the California Highway Patrol and other emergency responders on an interstate truck route – translating into gains in safety, efficiency and capacity for commuters and freight vehicles. The firm’s work showcased how our attorneys, working tirelessly on behalf of a public agency client, can deliver results under challenging conditions and in a constrained timeframe that benefit the entire region.