California Department of Transportation
 

California Department of Transportation

Date: August 21, 2014
District: 10 - Stockton
Contact: Angela DaPrato
Phone: (209) 948-7176

CALIFORNIA TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ADOPTS 148 BIKING AND WALKING PROJECTS IN NEW ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM

Commission also allocates $706 million to repair highways and bridges, improve road safety and reduce congestion

STOCKTON – The California Transportation Commission (CTC) today adopted 148 biking and walking project, collectively valued at more than $430 million in the state’s 2014 Active Transportation Program (ATP), making it the nation’s largest. The CTC will allocate nearly $221 million to the projects at its future meetings.

“We started the Active Transportation Program to establish California as a national leader in developing bike and pedestrian facilities,” said California State Transportation Agency Secretary Brian Kelly. “This program adopted today is the nation’s largest state commitment to bicycling, walking and other forms of active transportation. This program will increase transportation options for all Californians while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving public health and safety.”

“Today’s transportation system is more than just highways,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “Our Active Transportation Program supports a healthy, active lifestyle that also helps achieve California’s safety, mobility and greenhouse gas reduction goals.”

Last year, Governor Brown signed legislation (Senate Bill 99, Chapter 359 and Assembly Bill 101, Chapter 354) creating the ATP. The new program replaced a patchwork of small grant programs with a comprehensive program. Here are some of the significant projects adopted under the new active transportation program:

  • San Joaquin County: The city of Stockton received over $3 million to help fund the SRTS Plan ($350,000), the Bicycle Master Plan Update ($550,000), Fremont Square Sidewalk Reconstruction ($728,000), and the San Joaquin Trail ($1,394,000).
  • Merced County: The city of Merced received $958,000 for the State Route 59 (SR-59) Multi-use Path, and Merced County got $1,781,000 for the Walnut Avenue Street Upgrade Project

Click here to view a list of all 148 adopted ATP projects. Detailed information about the ATP can be found on Caltrans’ website. The adopted projects comprise two components: the Statewide Program ($183.8 million for 126 projects) and the Small Urban/Rural Program ($37.3 million for 22 projects). Nearly 87 percent ($191.5 million) of the funds for these components are directed at 130 projects that benefit disadvantaged communities.

“Making it easier and more convenient to walk and bike is a direct investment in our health,” said Mary D. Nichols, Chairman of the California Air Resources Board. “This funding will help cities and counties throughout California take steps to fight air pollution and reduce greenhouse gases.”

Caltrans received approximately 770 applications from cities and counties across California, totaling nearly $1 billion in project requests, an excess in demand of three-to-one. California’s nine largest Metropolitan Planning Organizations (Bay Area, Fresno, Sacramento, San Diego, Southern California, San Jose, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Kern) are still eligible to recommend projects to the CTC on an additional $147 million in active transportation funds designated specifically to their regions based on population. The CTC will adopt projects submitted by MPOs in November.

Continuing the drive to rebuild California’s transportation infrastructure, the Commission also allocated nearly $706 million in funding to 125 transportation projects that will improve and maintain the state’s vital transportation system. More than $552 million of the funding will pay for “fix it first” projects that will repair bumpy pavement, preserve roads in good condition to prevent them from deteriorating, upgrade aging bridges and make roads safer for all.

“To get the most bang for the buck for taxpayers, Caltrans targets dollars where they are most effective - pavement preservation,” said Dougherty. “Every $1 spent on preventive pavement maintenance saves Californians $8 that would have been spent on expensive pavement repairs.”

The allocations also include nearly $21 million from Proposition 1B, a transportation bond approved by voters in 2006. To date, more than $17 billion in Proposition 1B funds have been put to work statewide for transportation purposes.

Here are some of the significant projects that will improve and/or preserve California’s valuable investments in its transportation system that received allocations:

  • San Joaquin County: $1,883,000 – SR-99 Ramp Meter Systems Project. Crews will install ramp metering systems to reduce congestion during traffic peak hours at Austin Road, Fremont Street, Waterloo Street, Cherokee Road and Hammer Lane.
  • San Joaquin County: $1,390,000 – SR-88 Lockeford Bridge Rail Project at various locations from Calaveras River Bridge to Bear Creek Bridge. The project will relocate levee access road connections and existing culvert headwalls that are within the clear recovery zone, and upgrade bridge guardrail.
  • Stanislaus County & Merced County: $1,035,000 – SR-108 Riverbank/Hilmar Rumble Strips Project from Eighth Street to Mesa Drive in Stanislaus County, and on SR-165 from Canal Drive to Williams Avenue in Merced County.  Crews will install centerline rumble strips to reduce cross median traffic accidents.

Please see the attached file for more information about all projects that received allocations at today’s Commission meeting.

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