The number of restaurants in Sonoma County, Calif., grew 10% between 2009 and 2014, according to state data, and the variety of cuisines has increased as well as chefs cater to the area's avid foodies. "We've hit the perfect time for this sort of thing because people want to be a part of what they're eating. They want to be 'cheffy,'" said Evan Kishineff, a partner in St@x Social Eatery, where guests design their own small plates.
A newly completed crossing project in Colton, Calif., was built to reduce traffic congestion and help improve freight operations of railroads, including BNSF and Union Pacific. The two Class I's helped fund the work. "Projects that help to increase the ability to move goods quickly through the region are important to our overall competitiveness in the global marketplace," said Ray Wolfe, San Bernardino Associated Governments executive director.
Construction of the proposed $68 billion high-speed rail project in California will still move ahead despite a recent court ruling, said Gov. Jerry Brown. The ruling from a Sacramento County judge said the California High Speed Rail Authority "failed to comply with the financial and environmental promises made to voters," according to these articles. However, the ruling "did not stop anything" and "there's a lot of room for interpretation, and I think the outcome will be positive," Brown said.
The $6.4 billion San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge in California will not open as planned on Labor Day weekend because the work to fix the broken bolts won't be completed until December, according to the Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee. Repairs to the bridge's seismic stabilizers will require mounting an exterior saddle on the shear key, securing it with cables and encasing the system in concrete. Trying to open the bridge in December will be challenging because of the effect that the cold has on "paving, pouring concrete and lane striping." State Sen. Anthony Cannella, a civil engineer and a member of the Transportation and Housing Committee, said, "We should take as long as needed to make sure that bridge is safe."
The Devil's Slide tunnels, twin bores 4,200 feet long in Pacifica, Calif., will be opened to motorists early this week. The $439 million project is the first highway-tunnel project in the state in nearly 50 years. "It just seems unreal to me," said Zoe Kersteen-Tucker, a project advocate. "We worked on it for so many years. Now we not only have a state-of-the-art tunnel but we've protected Montara Mountain and all these beautiful coastal hills forever."