California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

Date: January 23, 2015
District: 5, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact:  Jim Shivers or Colin Jones
Phone: (805) 549-3237 or (805) 549-3189


CENTRAL COAST – 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:

  • $10 million to repair U.S. Highway 101 from the Maria Ygnacio Creek Bridge to north of the Cathedral Oaks Overcrossing near Goleta in Santa Barbara County. This project will include resurfacing the highway in both directions and replacing metal beam guardrail.
  • $20 million to realign 2.8 miles of Highway 1 from north of the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse to the Arroyo De La Cruz Bridge in San Luis Obispo County. This realignment will move the highway 475 feet inland away from the eroding shoreline and will include the construction of three bridges to maintain the structural integrity of the highway.
  • $1.7 million for the U.S. Highway 101/Sanborn Road Interchange Project and the extension and widening of Elvee Drive. This project will extend the raised median of Sanborn Road to prevent left turns at Elvee Drive, improve the right-turn lane on westbound Sanborn Road to Work Street and extend Elvee Drive to Work Street.
  • $1.6 million for the widening of Imjin Road in Marina. This project in Monterey County will widen Imjin Road from the existing 4-lane section to Reservation Road. This project will result in reduced congestion, improved air quality and increased safety.

For more information about all the projects that received allocations, please see the attached file.