FRESNO - Caltrans has announced that the California Transportation Commission (CTC) approved funding for more than 100 transportation projects funded entirely or at least partly by $690 million from Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.
"These projects are a just a small portion of the key improvements we need to maintain California’s critical transportation infrastructure. Throughout the state, projects like these are being completed through SB 1 investments."
The CTC also approved more than $1.3 billion in funding toward nearly 150 transportation projects for additional maintenance, improvements and construction throughout California.
Most of the projects receiving funding allocations are part of the State Highway Operations and Protection Program (SHOPP), which is the state highway system’s "fix-it-first" program that funds safety improvements, emergency repairs, highway preservation and some operational highway improvements. While funding for this program is a mixture of federal and state funds, a significant portion comes from the Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Account created by SB 1. Caltrans will focus on repairing and rehabilitating the state highway system by improving pavement, bridges, culverts and intelligent transportation systems, which are included in the performance requirements of SB 1.
Other projects include ones from the SB 1-created Solutions for Congested Corridor, Trade Corridor Enhancement and Local Partnership Programs. These vital programs tackle congestion, support valuable trade corridors and bolster local agency efforts to invest in transportation. Furthermore, the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program, which funds projects to modernize transit systems, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve safety, was allocated more than $122 million in SB 1 dollars for 11 rail and transit projects.
Area projects receiving funding include:
Approved Funding for Caltrans District 6 - August, 2018
- Lost Hills Pavement Project in Kern County: $25.1 million pavement preservation project will improve 21 lane miles of Interstate 5 from south of Twisselman Road Overcrossing to the Kern/Kings County Line. This project was allocated $1.2 million in funding due to SB 1.
- Bridge Widening & Rail Replacement Project on State Routes 201 & 216 in Tulare County: $18.4 million bridge project will replace bridge rail and widen the Sand Creek Bridge and the Friant-Kern Canal Bridge on State Route 201 near the city of Kingsburg in Tulare County, and the Kaweah River Bridge on SR-216 in Tulare County. This project was allocated $13.9 million, $6.9 million in funding was due to SB 1.
- Culvert Rehabilitation Project on State Route 198 in Fresno County: $25 million drainage project will repair and replace culverts along State Route 198 at various locations from the Monterey/Fresno County line to the Fresno/Kings County line. This project was allocated $3 million in funding was due to SB 1.
- Draining & Paving Preservation CAPM Project on State Route 168 in Fresno County: $25.6 million drainage and pavement preservation project will repair culverts and improve 40.2 lane miles of State Route 168 from west of Auberry Road to Kaiser Pass Road in Fresno County. This project was allocated $3.9 million, $653,000 in funding was due to SB 1.
- TMS Project in the Counties of Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera & Tulare: $6.1 million project will repair Transportation Management System (TMS) elements at various locations in the counties of Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera and Tulare. This project was allocated $400,000 in funding due to SB 1.
- CAPM Pavement Project on State Route 43 in Kings County: $6.9 million pavement preservation project will improve 6.4 lane miles of State Route 43 from the Tulare/Kings County line to west of Santa Fe Avenue in the city of Corcoran in Kings County. This project was allocated $550,000 in funding due to SB 1.
Final List of Projects Receiving Allocations (SB 1 funding sources highlighted)
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.
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/.