California Invests $2.1 Billion for Transportation Improvements
SB 1 provides $696 million of funding
SACRAMENTO — The California Transportation Commission (CTC) this week allocated more than $2.1 billion for projects to repair and improve transportation infrastructure throughout the state. Senate Bill (SB) 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, accounts for $696 million – nearly one-third of the funding.
“By making these significant investments, California is building the public transportation system we need for a safer and more prosperous, equitable, and environmentally sound future,” said Caltrans Director Toks Omishakin. “This investment also includes nearly $1 billion for local and regional transportation projects that carry significant community benefits.”
The CTC allocated $960 million to Caltrans’ Division of Local Assistance in its annual federal fiscal year investment. The Local Assistance Program makes funds available to more than 600 cities, counties, and regional agencies to improve transportation infrastructure and services. The Local Assistance Program authorizes approximately 1,100 new projects each year.
The CTC also approved 15 repair projects that will extend the life of 76 bridges, prevent costly future repairs and improve ride quality for the public.
Projects approved this week in District 9 include:
• The Freeman 3 CAPM project will rehabilitate 15.2 lane miles and upgrade signs on State Route 14 near Armistead from 1.1 mile north of Red Rock Canyon Road to 4.9 miles south of State Route 178 W. This project has been allocated $530,000 in funding for the Plans, Specifications and Estimates and Right of Way Support phases.
• The $2.2 million Cummings Valley Road Intersection project will construct a left-turn lane near Tehachapi on State Route 202 at the east intersection of Cummings Valley Road to reduce the number of conflicts and improve safety.
• The Bishop Pavement Project has been allocated $2.9 million for the Plans, Specifications and Estimates and Right of Way support phases. The project will rehabilitate 13.6 lane miles of roadway and drainage, install Transportation Management System (TMS) elements, upgrade facilities to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, and construct a multi-use path as a complete streets element on U.S. Hwy 395/Main Street from Jay Street to Barlow Lane, and on State Route 168 W/Line Street from Pioneer Lane to U.S. Hwy 395/Main Street.
SB 1 provides $5 billion in transportation funding annually split between the state and local agencies. Road projects progress through construction phases more quickly based on the availability of SB 1 funds, including projects that are partially funded by SB 1.
Since it was passed in 2017, SB 1 has fully or partially funded more than 7,000 projects, including 2,500 already completed, investing more than $16 billion toward pavement, bridges, trade corridors, transit and rail, and walking and biking paths.