Hopland Bypass Update
At MCOG’s April 2004 meeting, the Board of Directors resolved to program up to $5 million to the Hopland Bypass project from each of the next four cycles of State Transportation Improvement Program funds. This action has saved the project from elimination by Caltrans. A record of the discussion, public testimony, and action can be found in the April meeting minutes on this web site. See also these documents:
Hopland Bypass Q & A
Hopland Bypass Financing Plan (spreadsheet and narrative)
The resolution states:
“MCOG shall, as the top priority, program Regional Improvement Program funding in future cycles as needed to provide remaining local share funding for construction of the Willits Bypass project.
“MCOG shall, as a secondary priority, program all Regional Improvement Program shares up to $5 million per cycle for the 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) cycles for the Hopland Bypass. Mendocino Council of Governments may elect to program more than $5 million in any given cycle if sufficient Regional Improvement Program shares are available.
“MCOG shall consider the use of Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicle (GARVEE) bonds and other funding mechanisms (including continued commitment of shares beyond 2012) to complete the local share funding obligation for construction of the Hopland Bypass project.”