Newsom said the project, which has been in progress for more than 15 years, "is shovel ready and a signature example of how the federal stimulus can close the funding gap, stimulate the economy, improve transportation and create jobs in San Francisco."
Pre-construction activities for the rebuild of the structurally deficient, 1.5-mile Doyle Drive approach to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco will begin today, according to officials with Caltrans and the San Francisco County Transportation Authority.
Workers will begin removing trees on the south side of the roadway today and continue through October. Construction is expected to start in the fall.
The $1.05 billion project, originally slated to begin next year, was accelerated with the receipt of $50 million in federal stimulus funding.
Officials hope to complete the new Doyle Drive, to be called the Presidio Parkway, in 2013.
Other pre-construction activities including utility relocation are scheduled to begin later this month.
The collection of native seeds and plants in the area, to be grown in a nursery in the Presidio for wetlands and riparian habitat restoration projects, has already begun.
Bay City News contributed to this report