SACRAMENTO – The California Transportation Commission allocated more than $533 million for 120 State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP) projects throughout California, including more than $229 million for 42 fix-it-first projects funded by Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.
Projects allocated SB 1 funds at the June CTC meeting will improve 11 bridges, more than 346 lane miles of pavement, upgrade 547 congestion reducing devices, and repair 155 culverts to prevent flooding on highways.
Area state highway projects allocated SB 1 funds include:
- Drainage Project Along State Route 1 in Orange County: $2.5 million project will repair culverts along State Route 1 from north of Superior Avenue to 60th Street in the city of Newport Beach in Orange County.
- Drainage Project Along State Route 22 in Orange County: $3.2 million project will increase drainage capacity and alleviate recurring flooding by replacing culverts along State Route 22 at the Haster Street westbound off-ramp in the city of Garden Grove in Orange County.
- Pavement Preservation Project Along State Route 55 in Orange County: $4.1 million project will replace 0.5 lane miles of State Route 55 from the southbound SR-55 Connector in the city of Costa Mesa to southbound Interstate 405 in Orange County.
Other SB 1 funding included $20 million for the Trade Corridor Enhancement Program, which is dedicated to projects that will improve truck corridors, border access, the freight rail systems, the capacity and efficiency of ports, and highways to better handle and move freight.
More than $8.2 million of SB 1 funding was also allocated to the Local Partnership Program (LPP) to help match investments that local communities have made in their region through voter-approved transportation tax measures.
In addition, the CTC approved an allocation of more than $22.9 million in SB 1 funds for 30 locally administered Active Transportation Program (ATP) projects, which range from improving sidewalks and bicycle lanes to creating safer routes to school for children who ride their bicycles or walk to school.
SHOPP is the state highway system’s "fix-it-first" program that funds safety improvements, emergency repairs, highway preservation and operational highway upgrades. A significant portion of the funding for this program comes from SB 1.
Since SB 1 was signed into law April 2017, Caltrans has repaired or replaced 115 bridges and paved almost 1,500 lane miles of the state highway system.
SB 1 invests approximately $5.4 billion per year to fix roads, freeways and bridges in communities across California as well as strategically investing in transit. These funds are split equally between state and local projects and will allow Caltrans to fix more than 17,000 lane miles of pavement, 500 bridges and 55,000 culverts on the state highway system by 2027.
Caltrans is committed to conducting its business in a fully transparent manner and detailing its progress to the public. For complete details on SB 1, visit http://www.rebuildingca.ca.gov/.