The newest segment of the Highway 180 freeway in southeast Fresno opened about 6 a.m. Thursday, hours before its ribbon cutting and a groundbreaking for the next project on that road.
The new freeway segment between Clovis and Temperance avenues cost $53.4 million for construction with funding from two state sources and Measure C, Fresno County's half-cent transportation sales tax.
The next project will widen the highway to four lanes between Temperance and Academy avenues, but will not upgrade it to freeway status. Constructing the project is expected to cost $29.6 million and is scheduled to be finished in summer 2011.
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