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District 5 - CTC Allocates $170 Million to Improve and Maintain California's Multimodal Transportation System

Date: March 18, 2016
District: District 5
Contact: Jim Shivers
Phone: (805) 549-3237
Contact: Colin Jones
Phone: (805) 549-3189

SAN LUIS OBISPO - The California Transportation Commission (CTC) has allocated $170 million in transportation funding to 49 projects around the state. This money will be used to improve the state's aging roads and bridges and encourage the use of alternative forms of transportation.

"We are making sure every dollar counts when it comes to maintaining California's transportation infrastructure. These allocations represent significant investments in the preservation of not only our existing infrastructure, but also the promotion of alternate forms of transportation, such as walking, biking and transit."

Malcolm Dougherty, Director, Caltrans

The newly allocated funding includes $120 million from the State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP) for 31 "fix-it first" projects that will maintain and preserve investments in the state highway system and supporting infrastructure. These capital improvements cover projects across the state and include maintenance work, safety improvements, pavement repair and bridge rehabilitation and upgrades.

Other allocations include:

  • $12.5 million for 11 capital improvement projects both on and off the state highway system as part of the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).
  • $17.8 million for two Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program projects.
  • $15.5 million for 22 Active Transportation Program projects-the most recent active transportation investment from the largest program of its kind in the nation.

The remaining funding allocations are from assorted transportation accounts funded by state and federal dollars.

Among the projects that received funding allocations today are:

  • $12.8 million to resurface Hwy. 154 in both directions from Baseline Avenue to the Cold Spring Bridge. This project will extend the life of the existing pavement and improve the ride for the public. Construction is expected to begin this fall.
  • $1.5 million to replace the bridge rails on the Santa Fe Undercrossing of US Highway 101 near South Higuera Street/Ontario Road in San Luis Obispo County.This bridge was damaged following an accident involving a big-rig truck. Construction is expected to begin this summer.

Please see the attached file for more information about all projects that received allocations.

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