Valadao secures $55 million for 15 community project funding requests

The projects range from road infrastructure to building a new well for Delano and constructing a homeless shelter campus in Bakersfield.

Rep. David Valadao (R–Hanford) has secured $55 million in direct funding for community improvement projects. 

Fifteen projects throughout Congressional District 22 will receive federal grants, per Valadao’s request. 


The big picture: The largest project on the list is $9 million to construct a new homeless shelter campus in Bakersfield. 

  • The next-largest project is a $7.3 million investment for the East Lacy Corridor Improvement Project in Hanford to resurface and restripe roads to increase safety. 
  • Delano’s Well 42 project will receive $6 million to fund the creation of a new city well and treatment plant to provide clean and contaminant free water. 
  • McFarland is also receiving a $6 million grant to repave new roads and maintain several roads that are unsafe for vehicles and pedestrians. 
  • Valadao’s office has also published an interactive map of the Community Project Funding requests that have been secured. 

What they’re saying: “I came to Congress to deliver results for the Central Valley, and I’m proud that my work on this year’s government funding bills brings taxpayer dollars back to our community for local water storage projects, infrastructure improvements, and public safety,” Valadao said. 

  • “Importantly, this bill helps us counter the threat of foreign ownership of U.S. farmland, fully funds veterans’ health care programs, and expands efforts to combat fentanyl. This is by no means a perfect bill, but it is the result of bipartisan cooperation to reduce wasteful spending, keep our government running, and provide critical support for our communities.”

Go deeper: Here’s a look at the rest of the projects that Valadao secured funding for: 

  • $3.5 million for Porterville to build a new regional access road. 
  • $4 million for the International Agri-Center Way Extension Project in Tulare to increase safety and reduce congestion in the area. 
  • $3.9 million for Tulare County’s Ave 56 Farm to Market Road Project to resurface 7.2 miles of roadway.
  • $2 million for a new Kings County Community Service Center that will house a food bank, emergency shelter, housing navigation center, and centralized kitchen.
  • $5 million to reconstruct the infrastructure of MLK Jr. Blvd in Bakersfield to increase accessibility and economic development of the area.
  • $1.6 million for Bakersfield to construct an integrated Portable Fueling Container for the fueling of hydrogen fuel cell buses and electric vehicles.
  • $230,200 to provide much-needed upgrades to the Shafter Senior Center. 
  • $1 million for the Seaborn Reservoir Project to provide new surface water supply storage and flood mitigation for the greater Tulare area.
  • $1.75 million for the city of Lindsay to replace an old main pipeline to improve water quality.
  • $3.25 million for the Arvin-Edison groundwater recharge project to reduce landowner’s groundwater pumping and provide in-lieu groundwater recharge.
  • $622,000 to provide critical 911 dispatch equipment for the Wasco Police Department Dispatch Center to increase public safety for Wasco citizens.
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