Pala Band helps celebrate opening of improved strech of Highway 76

September 17, 2009

 

PALA BAND HELPS CELEBRATE OPENING OF IMPROVED STRETCH OF HIGHWAY 76

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                            CONTACT: Doug Elmets

September 17, 2009                                                                            916.329.9180

                                                                                                             

 PALA, CAPala Band of Mission Indians     Chairman Robert Smith helped celebrate the opening of an improved stretch of Highway 76 during a ribbon cutting ceremony on the site.

A two-mile stretch of the road that starts at Pala and extends toward Interstate 15 has increased from two to four lanes. The Pala Band has contributed $13 million to the improvement project.

 

“It is exciting to see the improvements to Highway 76 come to fruition,” said Smith. “There is still much work to be done to extend the rest of the Highway, but the completion of this first section is a great milestone.”

 

The Pala Band shared the cost of the road improvements with Granite Construction, who owns a quarry along the 76 corridor. The remainder of Highway 76 will be extended over the next decade.

 

The Pala Band of Mission Indians consists of 1,117 members with 650 living on the reservation along the Palomar Mountain range, located along 5,000 square miles of California’s desert and approximately 30 miles northeast of San Diego on Interstate 15.

 

 

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Pala Band of Mission Indians

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