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District 5 - $583 Million Allocated to Improve and Maintain California's Multimodal Transportation System

Date: July 1, 2016
District: District 5
Contact: Jim Shivers or Colin Jones
Phone: (805) 549-3237 or (805) 549-3189

SAN LUIS OBISPO – The California Transportation Commission (CTC) has adopted 156 projects, valued at $583 million, to support needed upkeep on California's aging roads and bridges, make upgrades to transit and rail systems and encourage use of alternative forms of transportation, including biking and walking.

"Caltrans is working to ensure every dollar counts when it comes to California's transportation infrastructure. All these investments will benefit Californians now and for decades to come."

Malcolm Dougherty, Director, Caltrans

The newly allocated funding includes $267.8 million from the State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP) for 38 "fix-it first" projects that will repair bumpy pavement, preserve roads that are in good condition from deteriorating and upgrade bridges to make them safer and stronger. Most of California's highways are more than a half-century old; carry nearly half of the nation's container freight—heavy loads that pound California's highways more than any other state; and sustained 190 billion vehicle miles travelled in 2015.

Other allocations include:

  • $169.7 million for 29 capital improvement projects both on and off the state highway system as part of the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)
  • $52 million towards 71 Active Transportation Program projects
  • $40.6 million for Transit and Intercity Rail Program projects

The allocations also include $15.5 million from Proposition 1B, a transportation bond approved by voters in 2006.To date, more than $19.1 billion in Proposition 1B funds have been put to work statewide for transportation purposes.

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

Among the projects that received funding allocations today were:

  • $55 million to rehabilitate 32 lane miles of US Highway 101 from north of Paso Robles in San Luis Obispo County to the Monterey County line. This project includes constructing new bridges, retaining walls and installing or upgrading existing guardrail. This project will also reconstruct the highway to improve the ride quality and extend the surface life of the existing pavement.
  • $6.8 million to rehabilitate 22 lane miles of State Route 246 near Buellton from east of the Santa Rosa Creek Bridge to the State Route 246/US Highway 101 Separation in Santa Barbara County. This project will include a resurfacing of the existing lanes and shoulders to improve the ride quality. This project will also include the reconstruction of ramps so they are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • $6.4 million for a storm water mitigation project near Highway 17 from north of the Pasatiempo Overcrossing to the Beulah Park Undercrossing in Santa Cruz County. This project will include slope stabilization, rock slope protection and alternate drainage facilities.

Despite this month's allocations, the CTC has been forced to adopt a five-year state transportation funding plan cutting $754 million and delaying another $755 million in previously planned highway, rail, transit, bicycle and pedestrian project spending. These cuts are due in large part to the steady loss of gas tax revenue over the past two years because of the drop in gasoline prices. These reductions and cuts mark the largest of their kind since the current state transportation funding structure was adopted 20 years ago.

Please see the List of Projects Going Forward for CTC Allocation from the June 2016 CTC Meeting for more information about all projects that received allocations.

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