California Department of Transportation
 

California Department of Transportation

Date: March 27, 2015
District: 05 – 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

CALIFORNIA TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION APPROVES $325.8 MILLION FOR STATEWIDE TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS


SAN LUIS OBISPO – The California Transportation Commission (CTC) has allocated $325.8 million to 142 transportation projects that will alleviate traffic delays, repair aging roads and bridges and encourage bicycling and walking. Fifty one biking and pedestrian projects throughout the state will receive $27 million in allocations from the Active Transportation Program.

“Caltrans is building transportation improvements that will benefit the state for decades to come,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “Not only are we working to preserve our previous investments in the state highway system, but we are investing in projects that will expand the availability of alternative, more sustainable ways of getting from point A to point B.”

Active transportation projects funded include:

  • $140,000 to the Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) to administer infrastructure improvements in all cities along the Salinas Valley including sidewalk construction and repairs, bicycle lanes, multi-use paths, Americans with Disabilities (ADA) ramps and safety improvements near schools. These projects will reduce pedestrian/bicycle vehicle collisions and improve access to schools. 
  • The newly allocated funding also includes $132 million from the State Highway Operation and Protection Program for 54 projects that will maintain and preserve the investment in the state highway system and its supporting infrastructure. These capital improvements consist of projects covering maintenance, safety improvements, pavement repair and rehabilitation and upgrades to bridges throughout the state.

    “Caltrans is embracing a ‘fix it first’ strategy by focusing on preventative maintenance to our existing transportation infrastructure,” continued Director Dougherty. “We are striving to give California’s taxpayers the most bang for their buck because every $1 spent on preventative pavement maintenance translates into a savings of $6 to $14 that would have been spent on expensive pavement repairs.”

    The allocations also include $8.4 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 $158.4 million in allocations came from various state and federal transportation accounts.

    Among the projects that received funding allocations today were:

  • $2.4 million allocated for improvement’s near the cities of Santa Barbara and Goleta from Salsipuedes Street to north of Cathedral Oaks Road.  This allocation will improve roadside areas, construct access gates, create weed barriers and relocate facilities at 75 locations.  This project will reduce exposure to traffic for highway workers and maintenance personnel.
  • For more information about all the projects that received allocations, please see the attached file.

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