SANTA ANA – Caltrans announced today that the California Transportation Commission (CTC) allocated more than $600 million in funding for hundreds of transportation projects, which includes $80 million from SB 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.
"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, to improve transportation for all of our residents and visitors, no matter their mode of transportation."
More than 200 transportation projects will improve and maintain California's current transportation system. 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 SB 1.
District 12 Funding Allocations - December 2018
Area projects receiving funding include:
- SR-74 Construction of 4 Foot Shoulder: This is a landscape and plant establishment project for the Route 74 safety project constructing 4-foot shoulders and rumble strips. The project will maintain existing planting and irrigation systems for four years beyond the one-year establishment of the roadway project. It was allocated $1.47 million.
- Route 133 Drainage System Restoration: This project will restore the drainage system from 0.3 mile south of El Toro Road to 0.2 mile north of Route 73/133 Interchange to prevent flooding. It was allocated $2.95 million due to SB1.
- 405 Upgrade Median Barrier: This project will replace existing temporary railing with permanent concrete barrier to reduce the number and severity of collisions. The improvement will take place in the cities of Irvine and Costa Mesa from Jamboree Road to Route 73. It was allocated $4.67 million.
- Upgrade Traffic Signals: Traffic signal equipment will be upgraded in the cities of Newport Beach, Huntington Beach and Seal Beach from Crystal Heights Drive to First Street at 21 locations on Pacific Coast Highway. The project was allocated $4.29 million due to SB1.
Other projects are designed to reduce congestion, improve freight transportation, and provide funds for local government improvement projects. These vital programs tackle congestion, support valuable trade corridors and bolster local agency efforts to invest in transportation.
Seventeen Active Transportation Projects to encourage walking and biking, such as new bike lanes and walking trails, were also approved for $12 million.
The Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program funds projects to modernize transit systems, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve safety were allocated nearly $32 million in SB 1 funds for four rail and transit projects.
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.