Local News in Brief : Anaheim : $4.5 Million Directed to Lincoln Ave. Project

The city's $6-million Lincoln Avenue widening and overpass project has received an infusion of state money that was not expected for another two to four years.

The California Department of Transportation has allocated $4.5 million to help pay for construction of a railroad overpass and widening the street from four to six lanes, Anaheim officials said Wednesday.

"The money came earlier than we expected," said Gary Johnson, director of public works.

Lincoln Avenue was closed for the upgrades from Olive to East streets in August, 1987. The road is scheduled for reopening in late October, Johnson said.

The Caltrans money comes from a special state fund. Because the Anaheim Redevelopment Agency began work on the Lincoln project with local money, the city qualified for the state funds much earlier than it otherwise would have, Johnson said.

In addition to the state funds, the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Co. will reimburse the redevelopment agency about $557,000, city officials said.

The road work is intended to ease traffic congestion in the city's downtown, Anaheim officials said.

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