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California Allocates Nearly $1.2 Billion to Transportation Projects, Investments to Improve Infrastructure Across State

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California Allocates Nearly $1.2 Billion to Transportation Projects, Investments to Improve Infrastructure Across State

SACRAMENTO — The California Transportation Commission (CTC) today allocated nearly $1.2 billion for investments for urban and rural projects throughout the state, continuing a historic push to improve the state’s vital transportation infrastructure.

The latest allocations include nearly $428 million from the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 (IIJA) and $168 million via Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. The CTC included $245 million for full trash capture devices, shoreline embankment restoration, improvements to bus, bicycle, and pedestrian infrastructure, railroad overcrossings, and better alignment with the Americans with Disabilities Act throughout the state highway system. Trash capture devices are mesh screens placed in rivers and other waterways that filter out large and small pollutants. They prevent litter from continuing downstream to bays, estuaries, and the ocean.

“California is continuing to upgrade our transportation infrastructure,” Caltrans Director Tony Tavares said. “These investments will help us increase the safe, equitable, and sustainable transportation access that all Californians deserve.”

The latest CTC-approved projects include:

  • Bishop Pavement Project — $556,000 in additional funding for the plans, specifications, and estimate (PS&E) phase. The project will rehabilitate the pavement and sidewalks of U.S. 395 from East Jay Street to Barlow Lane and State Route 168 W (West Line Street) from Main Street to the Northern Inyo Hospital. Additional funding support is necessary for complete streets elements and drainage changes incorporated into the project design following the public engagement period. The Bishop Pavement Project is currently slated to go into construction this fall.
  • Valley Boulevard and Mill Street Gap Closure Project — $65,000 in SB 1 funding for the environmental phase. This project by the Kern Council of Governments (Kern COG) will construct more than 4,500 feet of sidewalk and 21 new ADA curb ramps in Tehachapi on West Valley Boulevard between Oakwood Street and Curry Street and on Mill Street between Valley Boulevard and Tehachapi Boulevard. It will also reconstruct 10 curb ramps to bring them to current standards, improve crosswalks at four intersections, and build a Class II bicycle lane on the north side of Valley Boulevard and on Mill Street.

IIJA, known as the “Bipartisan Infrastructure Law,” is a once-in-a-generation investment in our nation’s infrastructure to improve the sustainability and resiliency of our energy, water, broadband and transportation systems. Since 2021, California has received nearly $33 billion in IIJA funds, including more than $24 billion for transportation-related projects.

In addition, SB 1 provides $5 billion in transportation funding each year that is shared between state and local agencies. Road projects progress through construction phases more quickly based on the availability of SB 1 funds, including those partially funded by SB 1.

For more information about California transportation projects funded by the IIJA and SB 1, visit RebuildingCA.ca.gov.

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