California Transportation Commission Allocates $924 Million to Improve Transportation

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Contact: Local Caltrans District Office

$458 million of the funding comes from SB 1

SACRAMENTO — The California Transportation Commission (CTC) at its May meeting allocated more than $924 million for projects to improve critical transportation infrastructure throughout the state. Nearly half of this major investment – $458 million – comes from Senate Bill (SB) 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.

“Caltrans is building a brighter future through a transportation network that serves all Californians. This significant investment will help us fortify and enhance our state’s vast network of highways, bridges, transit facilities, bikeways and pedestrian routes.”

Toks Omishakin, Caltrans Director 

Projects approved today include:

Projects approved today in Humboldt, Lake and Del Norte counties include:

  • Approximately $58.7M in Eureka and Arcata for Eureka/Arcata Corridor Improvement from the Eureka Slough Bridge to Route 101/255.
  • Approximately $4M to rehabilitate culverts and improve fish passage through the culvert at Clarks Creek near Crescent City at various locations.
  • Approximately $2.5M at various bridges in Humboldt and Lake counties to resurface bridge decks and extend service life of bridges.
  • Approximately $2.2M for highway operations and mobility improvements near Klamath.

Projects approved today in Shasta, Plumas and Tehama counties include:

  • The Bonnyview Interchange Local Capital Outlay project between the Smith Road overcrossing and Loma Vista Drive, which will extend the auxiliary lane, construct a retaining wall, and implement signal, lighting, crosswalk and curb-ramp improvements.
  • The Tehama Clear Recovery Zone project from the Nine Mile Hill overcrossing to north of the Bowman Road overcrossing which will increase safety features, including widening the inside shoulder, and installing rock slope protection and guardrails.
  • The Butterfly Two Wolf Creek Rock Fence project in Plumas County at various locations, providing improved worker safety and upgraded rock fall fencing.

Projects approved in District 3, which encompasses 11 Northern California counties, include:

  • On U.S Highway 50 in and near the cities of Sacramento, Rancho Cordova, and Folsom, from the Yolo County line to 0.8 miles east of Folsom Boulevard; also in Yolo County in West Sacrament from Interstate 80 to the Sacramento County line, $40.6 million for a project to install Transportation Management System (TMS) field elements. This project will help reduce congestion and improve operational efficiency.
  • On U.S. Highway 50 in the city of Sacramento, from the Sacramento River Viaduct (Pioneer Bridge) to 4th Street and also on Interstate 5 from 0.2 miles south of Broadway to S Street, $27.5 million for a project to clean and paint steel bridge girders within the I-5 5/50 interchange to prevent the oxidation of steel girders and prolong the service life of the bridges.
  • On State Highway 65 in and near the city of Wheatland, from north of State Street to north of Evergreen Drive, $1.3 million to rehabilitate pavement, add bike lanes, rehabilitate drainage systems, upgrade facilities to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, construct a multi-use path, modify driveways, and enhance crosswalk visibility.

Projects approved in Santa Barbara, Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Cruz counties include:

  • $100 million to replace the existing pavement, widen the outside shoulders, replace guardrail and upgrade drainage systems on US 101 near the South Padaro Lane Undercrossing near Summerland in Santa Barbara County.
  •  $7.6 million to widen and improve the bridge railing of the Castroville Overhead on State Route 156 between the State Route 156/183 Separation and Castroville Boulevard in Monterey County.
  • $6.4 million to install a Contrasting Surface Treatment near the gore point, construct maintenance vehicle pullouts, relocate utilities, modify drainage inlets and install erosion control to reduce maintenance and improve highway worker safety on US 101 near Los Alamos, Orcutt, Santa Maria and Nipomo in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.
  • $2.3 million to construct a wildlife Undercrossing on Highway 17 near Laurel Road near Scotts Valley in Santa Cruz County.
  • 5.8 million to construct pedestrian ramps and sidewalks to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) at the Butterfly Lane Pedestrian Undercrossing in Santa Barbara County.

Projects approved today in District 6 include:

  • Roadway Rehabilitation Project on State Route 119 in Kern County: $15.9 million will rehabilitate roadway including reconstruction of travel lanes with Jointed Plain Concrete Pavement (JPCP), widen intersections and shoulders to meet current standards, add bicycle lanes, median lane to accommodate two-way turning, install drainage inlets and stormwater basin, sidewalks and upgrade Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ramps to current standards from 0.1 mile east of Ashe Road to Route 99 Separation.
  • Roadway Safety Project on State Route 198 in Kings County: $3.2 million will construct Maintenance Vehicle Pullouts, replace guardrail with concrete barrier, pave slope and beyond gores to reduce maintenance and improve highway worker safety.
  • Landscape Infrastructure Repair Project on State Route 198 in Kings County: $2.3 million will provide an electrical upgrade of booster pumps and replace irrigation mainline, valves and valve wiring from 0.3 miles west of 12th Avenue to 0.5 miles east of the Route 43/198 Separation.

Projects approved in Los Angeles County include:

  • Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority:
    Acquisition of systemwide Light Rail Vehicles. 78 vehicles and the option to buy an additional 39. $27.8 million.

  • Long Beach Transit / UCLA Electric Commuter Express:
    Procure five zero emission battery electric buses and the construction of charging infrastructure to create a zero-emission over-the-road coach commuter route between the Greater Long Beach area and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). $6.5 million.

  • Los Angeles Region Transit System Integration & Modernization Program:
    Complete environmental documentation for the Vermont Transit Corridor, which will result in either a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) or rail transit service along the corridor between Hollywood Boulevard and 120th Street. $5 million.

  • The city of Thousand Oaks:
    On Los Feliz Drive between Thousand Oaks Blvd. and Conejo School Rd. Construct sidewalk, curb, gutter and accessible ramps on the north & south side of Los Feliz Dr. $898K.

Projects approved in Riverside and San Bernardino counties include:

  • Riverside County (Hemet): Near Hemet, from 0.7 mile east to 1.1 miles east of Blackburn Road. Outcome/Output: Restore eroded slope and re-align and upgrade drainage systems.

  • Indio (Coachella): In and near Coachella, from 0.3 mile east of 1C081 Coachella Canal to 0.2 mile east of Hazy Gulch Bridge. Cold plane pavement and overlay with Portland Cement Concrete (PCC). Construct eastbound truck climbing lane. A one lane temporary detour will be constructed in the median for traffic handling.

  • Lake Elsinore: Near Lake Elsinore, at Morrill Canyon Bridge No. 1G470 56-0169; also near Hemet, at Strawberry Creek Bridge No. 56-0180 (PM 53.4/54.7). Replace structures/upgrade rails.

Projects approved in District 9 include:

Lone Pine Town Rehabilitation

  • Multiple streets in Lone Pine will undergo rehabilitation, where the existing pavement will be pulverized and repaved with new 2.5” hot mix asphalt. The streets included in this project are:
    • East Mountain View Street
    • North and South Brewery Street
    • North and South Mt. Whitney Drive
    • East Post Street
    • West Post Street
    • Tim Holt Street
    • North and South Lone Pine Avenue
    • North and South Lake View Street
    • East Muir Street
  • Additionally, bike lanes are proposed to be striped on the existing roadway on:
    • Post Street
    • Lone Pine Avenue
    • Lake View Street
  • All existing pedestrian facilities within the project limits will be upgraded to ADA Standards and the Eastern Sierra Transit Authority bus stop on East Muir Street will be delineated. Select streets will also be striped for on-road sidewalks.

Mammoth Lakes Local Road and Multi-Use Path Rehabilitation

  • Approximately 4.7 lane miles of existing asphalt pavement roads and multi-use paths in Mammoth Lakes will be rehabilitated. The streets and paths that will be reconstructed as part of this project are:
    • Mountain Boulevard
    • Red Fir Road
    • Commerce Circle
    • Monterey Pine Road
    • Mammoth Creek Multi-Use Path
    • South Highway 203 Multi-Use Path
    • North Meridian Boulevard Multi-Use Path
    • Meridian Boulevard Multi-Use Path
  • Existing utilities will be adjusted to match the new grade of the roadway and new striping will be installed.

Rosamond Boulevard Pedestrian Path Project

  • In Rosamond, ADA-compliant pedestrian paths will be installed along Rosamond Boulevard from 20th Street West to Elberta. Additionally, high-visibility crosswalks, solar-powered street lights, and new signage will be installed along that stretch of Rosamond Blvd and on 20th Street West from Orange Street to Rosamond Blvd.

Olancha-Cartago Project

  • Approximately 12.6 miles of existing highway will be converted from a two-lane conventional highway into a four-lane expressway in Inyo County to include new northbound and southbound lanes, new 10-foot shoulders, new at-grade intersections, two new structures over the Los Angeles Aqueduct, and a new non-motorized multi-use undercrossing.

Projects approved in District 10 include:

  • A project from East Long Barn Road Connection to Cow Creek Road in Tuolumne County received more than $17 million. The workers will rehabilitate pavement by grinding roadway and overlaying with asphalt, upgrade guardrail and drainage systems, install Transportation Management System (TMS) elements, and repair Maintenance Vehicle Pullouts (MVPs) and chain installation areas. This project will extend the pavement service life and improve ride quality.
  • A project located from Oro Avenue and Section Avenue in San Joaquin County received $180,000. The workers will add 4,038 feet of sidewalks and curb ramps. This project will extend the pavement service life and improve sidewalk and curb ramp quality.
  • A project near Los Banos and Firebaugh located at the John “Chuck” Erreca Safety Roadside Rest Area in Merced County received more than $28 million. The workers will conduct restoration of northbound and southbound Roadside Rest Areas to meet the needs of increased capacity and current standards. They will reconstruct, expand and modernize comfort station buildings for maintenance staff and traveling public.

Projects approved in San Diego and Imperial counties include:

  •  $37,250,000 (plus $2,676,000 in local funds) to rehabilitate roadway, upgrade culverts and guardrail, upgrade facilities to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, add conduit and fiber on SR-67 at Lakeside Avenue near Poway to State Route 78 in the community of Ramona.
  • $1,342,000 to increase pedestrian safety, mobility and accessibility at the Escondido Creek Trail Bike path in Escondido between Juniper Street and Citrus Avenue.
  • $2,537,000 to Upgrade pedestrian facilities to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards on SR-94 in San Diego and Lemon Grove from 32nd Street/Broadway to Campo Road.
  • $44,000 to construct approximately 1720 feet of sidewalks and to provide safe access to Heber Elementary School in Imperial County.

Projects approved in District 12, Orange County include:

  • $1 million project to install safety lighting in and near the cities of Costa Mesa, Santa Ana, Tustin, Orange, and Anaheim, from Interstate 405 to State Route 91.
  • Almost $200,000 project to provide 36 educational workshops to students on safe urban cycling, bike mechanic skills and encourage ridership through group bike rides. These workshops will be provided at three different schools in the City of Santa Ana over two years.

In addition to the investments listed above, Caltrans also reported to the CTC on recent emergency and safety projects, including $13 million to rebuild 150 feet of Highway 1 at Rat Creek in Monterey County following a January mudslide. Caltrans completed this emergency repair project nearly two months ahead of its target date, reopening the highway to traffic on April 23.

SB 1 funding provides $5 billion in transportation funding annually split between the state and local agencies. Road projects progress through construction phases more quickly based on the availability of funds, including projects that are partially funded by SB 1. For more information about other state transportation projects funded by SB 1, visit rebuildingca.ca.gov.