We are excited to share with you this California Transportation Journal highlighting our fiscal year 2008-09 accomplishments. This has been a challenging year. Legislators grappled with painful cuts to balance the state’s budget, our pay and productivity were impacted by furloughs, and bond sales were delayed, affecting our ability to get projects to construction. Still, Caltrans accomplished a lot.
California received $3.64 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) for transportation and was first in the nation to obligate $1.7 billion for projects across the state. Stimulus projects are breaking ground, including a $1 billion contract to widen Interstate 405 in Los Angeles and a $13.5 million project to resurface and repair a 50-year-old section of Interstate 80 in the Bay Area. Also, soon to break ground is a $1 billion project to replace and retrofit Doyle Drive in San Francisco, the aging, seismically vulnerable structure on U.S. Highway 101 that connects the city to the Golden Gate Bridge.
In addition to the Recovery Act projects, Caltrans delivered 334 regular projects worth $3.7 billion during the 2008-09 fiscal year, including those funded by the $19.9 billion transportation bond of 2006.
Meanwhile, our partnerships and research facilitated a number of technological advances, such as innovative pilot projects using GPS-enabled cellular phones to manage congestion and magnet-guided bus systems, that will continue to make California safer and easier to navigate. Many of these advances, including the latest in reformulated asphalt mixes, are cutting energy use, lowering greenhouse gas emissions, and saving taxpayer dollars. We’re making the Golden State green, while using less green in the form of cash.
Usually Fiscal Year Highlights is a stand-alone publication, but this year it was designed as an issue of the California Transportation Journal to save money. It organizes the past year’s accomplishments according to the Department’s five strategic planning goals: Provide the safest transportation system in the nation for users and workers, maximize transportation system performance and accessibility through mobility, efficiently deliver quality transportation projects and services, preserve and enhance California’s resources and assets through good stewardship, and promote quality service through an excellent work force.
The programs, partnerships, projects and activities highlighted in this publication demonstrate how Caltrans has worked toward achieving each of these goals in the past fiscal year. This report describes the most exciting and significant activities in pursuit of each of these goals. Please read on to see how Caltrans is improving mobility across the state.