Buried deep in the $715-billion infrastructure bill is something pretty bizarre for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
In the bill that was passed in the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this month, a whopping $7.2 million is earmarked for building just one block of a road in an industrial area of San Francisco that sits within Pelosi’s congressional district.
Section 107 of the bill is entitled “Member Designated Project Authorizations.” It says: “The amount listed for each member designated project in the table…shall be available…for fiscal year 2022 to carry out each project.”
The 196th project will get $7,200,000 to literally build one block of a road.
The San Francisco County Transportation Authority website explains the Quint-Jerrold Connector Road project:
The proposed Quint-Jerrold Connector Road will reestablish a connection between Oakdale Avenue and Jerrold Avenue via a new road along the west side of the Caltrain tracks.
Vehicles traveling between Oakdale and Jerrold currently use Phelps Street, which runs past many homes and was not designed to handle significant traffic.
Residents along Phelps have raised concerns about safety and increased noise. Reestablishing the segment of Quint Street that was cut off will provide a safer, more direct connection between Oakdale and Jerrold avenues. Moreover, the Quint-Jerrold Connector Road is part of a package of projects necessary to supporting a potential a new Caltrain station in the neighborhood.