California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

Headquarters - Sacramento
Public Affairs Office

Chris Nance at BTH Agency (916)323-5400
Mark J. DeSio at Caltrans (916) 654-5782
Mike Marando at OTS (916) 262-2975

August 1 , 2005 


Sacramento – Business, Transportation and Housing Agency Undersecretary Barry Sedlik today met with transportation and community leaders in Ventura to discuss three vital transportation projects for Ventura County that were included in the governor’s budget and approved in July by the California Transportation Commission (CTC). He also announced five grants to improve local transportation.

“By reinstating $1.313 billion in Proposition 42 funds as part of his budget, of which more than $11 million goes to Ventura County, Gov. Schwarzenegger is committed to helping the county invest in its infrastructure to reduce traffic congestion, facilitate the movement of goods and create jobs,” Undersecretary Sedlik said. “The additional $519,267 in state and federal grants further reinforces his commitment to the region.”

Last month, the CTC approved $10,693,000 from Proposition 42 monies for three transportation projects in Ventura County (see Attachment #1).

Fully funding Proposition 42 includes $254 million statewide for cities and counties to repair local streets and roads, of which $4,458,115 goes to Ventura County.

Undersecretary Sedlik further reinforced the governor’s commitment to Ventura County transportation by awarding a Caltrans planning grant for $166,667 (see Attachment #2). This grant will enable local transportation planners and Caltrans to more accurately analyze growth and to plan accordingly.

He also awarded four OTS traffic safety grants totaling $352,600 (see Attachment #3). The OTS grants cover a wide range of results-driven programs that focus on preventing alcohol-related fatalities and injuries, increasing seat belt use, pedestrian and bicycle safety, emergency medical services, and police traffic services.

Additional savings from Caltrans efficiencies will be redirected towards transportation projects – providing $251.6 million over the five-year Fund Estimate period. Of this amount, $130 million has been directed to the Toll Bridge Seismic Retrofit Program, as per AB 144.

Ventura County Projects Approved by CTC in July [Word]
CT Grants for Ventura County [Excel]
Ventura County 2006 Office of Traffic Safety Grants [Word]