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District 7: Billions in SB 1 Funding Approved for Congestion Relief, Freight and Local Projects



Date:              Friday, May 18, 2018
District:         Headquarters/ District 5
Contact:        Jim Shivers or Colin Jones
Phone:          (805) 549-3237 or 549-3189
Contact:        Tamie McGowen
Phone:          (916) 657-5060

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Caltrans today announced that $2.7 billion in competitive grants funded through the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (SB 1) were awarded to 64 projects throughout California to tackle congestion, support valuable trade corridors and bolster local agency efforts to invest in transportation. These three programs, the Solutions for Congested Corridors, Trade Corridor Enhancement and Local Partnership Programs are vital infrastructure improvement programs created by SB 1.

"California is expected to keep growing, both economically and in population. These projects funded by SB 1 will help to ensure that we can keep our economy moving and growing, and ease commutes for our residents so they can move efficiently between destinations."

Laurie Berman Director, Caltrans

The California Transportation Commission (CTC) approved the grants for these three competitive grants during their May commission meeting in San Diego:

Local Partnership Competitive Program

The CTC awarded approximately $309 million to 27 projects to fund transportation improvements valued at more than $1.7 billion. This funding represents three years (fiscal years 2017-20) of matching funds for local entities that have already chosen to make their own investments in transportation.

The Local Partnership Program (LPP) was created by SB 1 to provide counties, cities and regional transportation agencies that have passed sales tax measures, developer fees or other voter-approved transportation fees with additional support for local projects from the State. The LPP creates a continuous appropriation of $200 million annually to fund road maintenance and rehabilitation, sound walls and other transportation improvement projects. These funds are distributed through a 50 percent statewide competitive component and a 50 percent formula component. The recipients of the formulaic component were finalized in March.

Local projects receiving funding include:

  • The Salinas Multi-Model Corridor in Monterey County.  This funding would advance the widening of Imjin Parkway from Reservation Road and Imjin Road. This project would include a roundabout and transit improvements.

Final approved project list, by county, for the Local Partnership Competitive Program: Adopted 2018 Local Partnership Competitive Program of Projects

More information on the Local Partnership Program can be found on the CTC's SB 1 Local Partnership Program web page.

Solutions for Congested Corridors Program

SB 1 created the Solutions for Congested Corridors Program, which provides $250 million annually for multimodal corridor plans that make performance improvements along the state’s busiest highways. Approved projects and plans provide more transportation choices while preserving the character of the local community and creating opportunities for neighborhood enhancement projects.

The CTC approved four years’ worth of funding (Fiscal years 2017-18 to 2020-21) totaling approximately $1 billion to nine projects statewide as part of this program. These projects are valued at approximately $3.5 billion.

Area projects receiving funding include:

  • $132.8 million to fully fund 15 miles of new HOV lanes in Southern Santa Barbara County.  The funds will be used to construct these new lanes between Bailard Avenue in the City of Carpinteria and Sheffield Interchange in the community of Montecito.  The new lanes will be part-time, continuous access HOV lanes and are a critical component for providing needed delay reduction in this highly congested corridor.  The project will also replace several bridges and provide soundwalls in selected areas.  The project is currently in final design and the first phase of construction is scheduled to begin in early 2020. 

Final approved project list, by county, for the Solutions for Congested Corridors Program: Adopted 2018 Solutions for Congested Corridors Program

More information on the program can be found on the CTC's SB 1 Solutions for Congested Corridors Program web page.

Trade Corridor Enhancement Program

California is the nation’s largest gateway for international trade and domestic commerce, and freight movement generates about a third of California’s $2.2 trillion economy. Because of its importance and expected growth, SB 1 provides $300 million annually for projects related to the routes and transportation infrastructure vital to California’s trade and freight economy. Three years’ worth of funding (fiscal years 2017-20) totaling approximately $1.4 billion was awarded to 28 projects, valued at more than $4 billion.

Projects receiving funding include:

  • $51 million to fully fund 15 miles of new HOV lanes in Southern Santa Barbara County for the project discussed above.  The new SB1 Trade Corridor and Congested Corridors funding is being matched with local Measure A sales tax funding and other federal and state matching funds programmed by Caltrans and SBCAG.  With the addition of the SB1 funding, congestion relief in this corridor is expected to occur years earlier than what would have occurred with the previously available funding stream.  

Final approved project list, by county, for the Trade Corridor Enhancement Program: 2018 Trade Corridor Enhancement Program Final Adopted Program of Projects

More information on the program can be found on the CTC's SB 1 Trade Corridor Enhancement Program web page.

The Road Repair and Accountability Act (SB 1), the landmark transportation infrastructure bill signed by Governor Brown in April 2017, invests $54 billion over the next decade to fix roads, freeways and bridges in communities across California and puts more dollars toward transit and safety. These funds will be split equally between state and local investments. For complete details on SB 1, visit www.rebuildingca.ca.gov.

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