California Department of Transportation
Date: January 23, 2015
District: 7, Los Angeles and Ventura Counties
Contact: Judy Gish
Phone: (213) 897-3487
CTC ALLOCATES $174.8 MILLION TO UPGRADE STATE AND LOCAL TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE
LOS ANGELES – The California Transportation Commission (CTC) has allocated $174.8 million to 85 transportation projects that will repair aging roads and bridges, alleviate traffic delays and support job growth statewide. These allocations included nearly $19 million from the Active Transportation Program that will go toward 50 biking and pedestrian projects throughout the state.
“Preserving, rebuilding and expanding the state’s transportation infrastructure is key to improving the state’s mobility for decades to come,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “Not only is it critical to California’s economy, but investments like these mean a better future for all Californians.”
The newly allocated funding includes $124 million from the State Highway Operation and Protection Program for 24 projects that will preserve and protect the state highway system. These capital improvements include transportation safety projects, pavement repair and preservation work and upgrades to bridges throughout the state.
“At Caltrans, we have a “fix it first” mentality, and are continually working to ensure California’s taxpayers are getting the most bang for their buck by targeting dollars where they are most effective – preventative maintenance,” continued Director Dougherty. “For example, every $1 spent on preventative pavement maintenance saves Californians approximately $10 that would have been spent on expensive pavement repairs.”
The allocations also include $27.1 million from Proposition 1B, a transportation bond approved by voters in 2006. To date, more than $18 billion in Proposition 1B funds have been put to work statewide for transportation purposes. The remaining $4.5 million in allocations came from assorted transportation accounts funded by state and federal dollars.
Notable local projects that received funding allocations are:
- A $19.4 million project that will rehabilitate the Elysian Viaduct Bridge in the city of Los Angeles, including cleaning, painting and dust removal;
- A $2.8 million project that will construct an automated shuttle carrier maintenance and repair facility at the Port of Los Angeles;
- A $758,000 project to create pedestrian and bicycle linkages along several streets in south Los Angeles.
For more information about all the projects that received allocations, please see the attached file.