Bradley-San Ardo Capital Preventive Maintenance (CAPM)

Project Description

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) proposes to rehabilitate the pavement wear course and 16 drainage culverts on the four-lane divided expressway within a 12.8-mile-long section of U.S. 101 in Monterey County from just south of the Jolon Road intersection near Bradley to the intersection with Paris Valley Road/Cattlemen Road near San Ardo. Improvements would be made in various ways, including diamond grinding, concrete panel replacement, cold planing, asphalt overlay, dig outs, cut and cover, and pipe jacking. Within the project limits, the project would also replace non-standard metal beam guardrail and end treatments, replace sign panels that do not use the Type XI reflective backing, install 14 traffic count stations, install one vehicular detection system, place vegetation-control crushed shale, and construct shoulder backing, where possible.

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Project Benefits


The purpose of this project is to comprehensively address roadway deficiencies within the project limits, with the goals to:

  • Restore the ride quality and extend the service life of the existing pavement.
  • Protect the embankment from potential slope failure by restoring damaged culverts and modifying or removing dikes where appropriate.
  • Improve traffic census station data collection.
  • Bring crash safety devices up to current design standards.


The condition of existing features shows the need for rehabilitation, repair, or reconstruction.

  • The pavement within the project limits is exhibiting distress and unacceptable ride quality, which, if left uncorrected, would continue to deteriorate, leading to more costly reconstruction.
  • Culverts have been identified with varying degrees of damage: steel pipe corrosion with holes along the flowline, joint failure, steel bar reinforcement corrosion, and settlement cracks that are undermining supporting soils. If culvert deterioration is not corrected, future roadway failure is possible.
  • It is Caltrans' policy that all projects conform to the National Intelligent Transportation Systems Architecture and standards in accordance with the requirements. These stations are needed to determine traffic volumes for highway project development and for analyzing, monitoring, and controlling traffic movements.
  • Caltrans has adopted the new Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware (MASH) crash testing criteria as its roadside safety hardware standard, which has left many existing roadside safety systems in need of upgrading to the new standards.

Estimated Funding Breakdown

The project is included in the adopted Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments' Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program for the Federal Fiscal Year 2022-2023 to the Federal Fiscal Year 2025-2026. The project is programmed in the adopted 2024 State Highway Operation and Protection Program and is funded in the Roadway Preservation Program for delivery in Fiscal Year 2027-2028.

Funding Source Funding Amount
State $59,211,000
Federal Eligible
Construction Cost $46,931,000

Proposed Project Schedule

Process Date
Final environmental document to be completed August 2024
Right-of-way acquisition to be completed September 2026
Design to be completed May 2027
Advertise August 2027
Construction to begin December 2027
Construction to be completed December 2028


Project Contact

Mark Leichtfuss, Project Manager
Phone: (805) 441-0125

Matt C. Fowler, Environmental Branch Chief 
Phone: (805) 779-0793

Public Information Office, Caltrans District 5
Phone: (805) 549-3318


Printed copies of the document are available for review at the Caltrans District 5 Office at 50 Higuera Street in the city of San Luis Obispo, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and at the San Ardo Branch Library at 62350 College Street in the community of San Ardo, Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Public Comment 

Caltrans has studied the effects this project may have on the environment. Our studies show the project will not significantly affect the quality of the environment. An Initial Study with Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration has been prepared and is available for you to read above.

Tell us what you think. The opportunity to request a public meeting is also available. If you have any comments regarding the proposed project, please send your written comments and/or requests for a public meeting via U.S. mail to:

Matt C. Fowler, Environmental Branch Chief
District 5 Environmental Division, California Department of Transportation
50 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo, California 93401

Submit comments and/or requests via email to:

Comments will be accepted from May 13, 2024, to June 11, 2024. If there are no major comments or requests for a public meeting, Caltrans will proceed with the project’s design.


Title VI Information

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) assures that no person shall, on the basis of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance, as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, and Federal Executive Order 12898 (Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations).

Caltrans will make every effort to ensure nondiscrimination in all of its programs and activities, whether they are federally funded or not, and that services and benefits are fairly distributed to all people, regardless of race, color, or national origin. In addition, Caltrans will facilitate meaningful participation in the transportation planning process in a nondiscriminatory manner.

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