California Invests $2.1 Billion for Transportation Improvements

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SB 1 provides $696 million of funding

Sacramento — The California Transportation Commission (CTC) this week allocated more than $2.1 billion for projects to repair and improve transportation infrastructure throughout the state. Senate Bill (SB) 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, accounts for $696 million – nearly one-third of the funding.

"By making these significant investments, California is building the public transportation system we need for a safer and more prosperous, equitable, and environmentally sound future. This investment also showcases the importance Caltrans places on fostering partnerships with our local counterparts who know best what their communities need."

Toks Omishakin, Caltrans Director

The CTC allocated $960 million to Caltrans' Division of Local Assistance in its annual federal fiscal year investment. The Local Assistance Program makes funds available to more than 600 cities, counties, and regional agencies to improve transportation infrastructure and services. The Local Assistance Program authorizes approximately 1,100 new projects each year.

The CTC also approved 15 repair projects that will extend the life of 76 bridges, prevent future costly repairs, and improve ride quality for the public.

Projects approved this week include:

  • Approximately $13.5 million toward a new materials laboratory in Fortuna in Humboldt County as the existing laboratory no longer serves the Department’s needs.
  • Approximately $1.3 million toward slope stabilization, retaining wall construction, and drainage improvements on Route 254 in Humboldt County near Miranda.
  • Almost $600,000 toward environmental mitigation and monitoring along U.S.101 in Del Norte County in the Crescent City area.
  • Almost $1 million toward pavement work, median barrier replacements, drainage rehabilitation, guardrail upgrades, sign updates, and lighting improvements on Route 1 in Mendocino County north of Willits.
  • Over $800,000 toward pavement and guardrail improvements on U.S. 101 in Mendocino County near Willits.
  • A13 at Route 36 Safety (State Route 36 near Chester in Plumas County): Construction of roundabout.
  • Cromberg Rehabilitation (State Route 70 in and near Cromberg and Portola in Plumas County): Roadway rehabilitation, repair/replacement of culverts, upgrading of guardrail, upgrading of bridge railing at Humbug Creek Bridge, and upgrading of pedestrian facilities to meet Americans with Disability Act (ADA) standards.
  • Dorris CAPM (U.S. 97 in and near Dorris in Siskiyou County): Rehabilitation of pavement, upgrading of facilities to meet Americans with Disability Act (ADA) standards, upgrading of guardrail and Transportation Management System (TMS) elements.
  • Happy Camp Complete Streets (State Route 96 in Happy Camp in Siskiyou County): Sidewalk installation, construction of Class II bike lane, installation of rapid flashing beacons and pedestrian lighting.

Active Transportation Projects approved include:

  • $19 million in support of the Marina-Salinas Multimodal Plan for the City of Marina and the Transportation Agency for Monterey (TAMC). In Marina, this project will widen the roadway on Imjim Parkway from two to four lanes from Imjim Road to Reservation Road and create corridor and transit improvements to enhance pedestrian and bicycle capacity.
  • $2.3 million for the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) for construction of the 4.5 miles gap closure of trail between the Bob Jones Trailhead and the Octagon Barn. This expansion of the trail is expected to bring about a transportation shift that could result in up to one million trips per year.

Infrastructure Projects approved include:

  • $9 million to replace and upgrade existing corrugated metal pipe culverts with reinforced concrete pipe culverts, on Highway 1 in Santa Cruz County, near Davenport, from north of Swanton Road to south of Waddell Creek.
  • $1 million for highway realignment, replacement of temporary safety features with permanent safety devices, and installation of erosion control measures, on Highway 1 in Monterey County, near Gorda.
  • $1.4 million for pavement rehabilitation and upgrade of facilities to Americans with Disabilities Act standards, on eight miles of State Route 46 near Paso Robles in San Luis Obispo County, from US 101 to east of Airport Road.
  • Roundabout Project on State Route 223 in Kern County: $4.4 million will construct a roundabout to improve operations and safety near Weedpatch from 0.3 miles west to 0.3 miles east of State Route 184.
  • Mission Mile- Sepulveda Visioning for a Safe and Active Community: Implementation of Class I and Class IV bike facilities, pedestrian improvements, transit connections and traffic calming measures with improvements for non-motorized road users. This project is located on Sepulveda Boulevard between Rinaldi Street and Rayen Street and on Brand Boulevard between Sepulveda Boulevard and Memory Park Avenue in the San Fernando Valley. This will transform Sepulveda Boulevard from a highway-like thoroughfare to a complete street with 2.4 miles of Class I and 1.3 miles of Class IV bike facilities, 2.2 miles of sidewalk improvements, and improved first/last mile connections that will enhance the overall community's quality of life. $9.6 million.
  • Long Beach - Market Street Streetscape: Between the Los Angeles River and east city limits. Bulb outs; Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant sidewalks and curb ramps; landscaping; street trees; street furniture; enhanced crosswalks; pedestrian lighting; flashing beacon; a Class II, III, and IV bike lane; transit stop enhancements; increased sidewalk width (at intersection & mid-block); and resurfacing of the street. $2.84 million.
  • Santa Monica - Expo Station / 4th Street Linkages to Downtown and Civic Center: The project is located in the 4th Street right-of-way between Colorado and Olympic Drive and extends south from the future Downtown Expo terminus station at 4th Street and Colorado to Olympic Drive via a Caltrans bridge structure over I-10. It will construct 155 feet of sidewalk, install 5 crosswalks at signalized intersections, provide lighting for 20 intersections, and improve pedestrian and bicyclist linkages on a 0.2-mile segment of 4th Street. $1.3 million.
  • Long Beach - Orange Avenue Backbone Bikeway and Complete Streets Improvements: On Orange Avenue between Jackson Street & E 17th Street, continuing south, following a transition to Alamitos Avenue from E 17th Street, terminating at Beach Access Road south of Ocean Boulevard. Transform Orange and Alamitos Avenues into a corridor adding protected bike lanes and intersections, curb extensions and bus islands, and improved lighting. Construct 0.2 mile of Class II bike route, 0.8 mile of Class III bike lane, and 1.4 miles of Class IV cycle track. Improve 1.3 miles of existing bike lane. Enhance 38 existing crosswalks by adding bus islands and curb extensions. Improve lighting at State Route 91 underpass. $566 thousand.
  • I-5 in Los Angeles County: Near the Kern County line, at the Tejon Pass Overcrossing.  Seismic retrofit of bridge, widen bridge abutments, add steel casing to bent columns, and slope paving. This project will preserve the structural integrity of the bridge and prevent failure in an earthquake. $3.6 million
  • Interstate 10 (RIV): In Coachella, from 0.4 mile to 0.6 mile east of Dillon Road. Replace existing Weigh-in-Motion (WIM) system ($953,000).
  • Interstate 15 (RIV): In Temecula and Murrieta, from Route 79 to Kalmia Street/California Oaks Road and from south of Baxter Road to south of Bundy Canyon Road (PM 14.9/16.0). Install trash removal devices ($969,000).
  • Interstate 15 (RIV): In and near Lake Elsinore, Corona, Norco, Jurupa Valley, and Eastvale, at various locations from Bundy Canyon Road to Philadelphia Street (San Bernardino County line) (PM 16.3/52.270). Upgrade facilities to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards ($1.8 million).
  • State Route 79 (RIV): Near Aguanga, from the San Diego County line to south of Sage Road and from north of Woodchuck Road to north of Anza Road (PM 11.4/14.8); also in and near Beaumont, from north of Gilman Springs Road to First Street (PM R34.2/40.1). Install guardrail and flashing beacons ($1.18 million)
  • State Route 91 (RIV): In the city of Riverside, from Adams Street to west of Route 60. Rehabilitate landscaping and irrigation systems ($631,000).
  • Interstate 15 (SBD): In and near Rancho Cucamonga and Fontana, from Baseline Avenue to 0.9 mile north of Route 138. Enhance highway worker safety by installing vegetation control, rock blanket, stamped concrete in areas beyond the gore, and quick-change sign post sleeves.
  • State Route 83 (SBD): Chino and Ontario, from Chino Avenue to Route 10. Improve existing bike lanes by adding signs, striping, and pavement markings.
  • State Route 60 (RIV): In and near Moreno Valley, from west of Perris Boulevard to east of Gilman Springs Road. Install Transportation Management System (TMS) elements ($1.6 million).
  • Interstate 215 (RIV): Near Murrieta, from 1 mile north of Clinton Keith Road to 1 mile north of Newport Road. Rehabilitate pavement, replace shoulder rumble strip, upgrade culverts, upgrade guardrail, stabilize slopes, and enhance highway worker safety ($2.35 million).
  • Various locations (SBD): In San Bernardino County, on various routes at various locations. Install Changeable Message Signs (CMS) ($1.57 million).
  • The Freeman 3 CAPM project will rehabilitate 15.2 lane miles and upgrade signs on State Route 14 near Armistead from 1.1 mile north of Red Rock Canyon Road to 4.9 miles south of State Route 178 W. This project has been allocated $530,000 in funding for the Plans, Specifications and Estimates and Right of Way Support phases.
  • The $2.2 million Cummings Valley Road Intersection project will construct a left-turn lane near Tehachapi on State Route 202 at the east intersection of Cummings Valley Road to reduce the number of conflicts and improve safety.
  • The Bishop Pavement Project has been allocated $2.9 million for the Plans, Specifications and Estimates and Right of Way support phases. The project will rehabilitate 13.6 lane miles of roadway and drainage, install Transportation Management System (TMS) elements, upgrade facilities to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, and construct a multi-use path as a complete streets element on U.S. Hwy 395/Main Street from Jay Street to Barlow Lane, and on State Route 168 W/Line Street from Pioneer Lane to U.S. Hwy 395/Main Street.
  • A project near the town of Holt in San Joaquin County from Middle River Bridge to a half-mile east of Middle River Bridge received $10.5 million.The project will improve safety and reduce the number and severity of collisions by widening shoulders, realigning the roadway curve, upgrading guard rail, and installing flashing beacons.
  • A project in Tracy from Byron Road to Paradise Road received $26.5 million. Workers will install ramp meters and closed-circuit television (CCTV) elements to reduce user delay and improve system reliability.
  • The Jamestown Community Connectivity Project that will add 3,600 linear feet of new sidewalks, curbs and gutters that meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards received nearly $200,000.This project within the vicinity of Jamestown Elementary School will promote active transportation and improve safety for students and pedestrians.
  • $720,000 for a project to improve worker safety on State Route 1 (SR-1, Pacific Coast Highway) in Dana Point by installing maintenance vehicle pullouts, relocating roadside facilities away from traffic, and managing stormwater drainage.
  • $2.24 million for a project to install safety lighting and upgrade the median barrier, drainage systems, and signs on SR-22 (Garden Grove Freeway) in the cities of Garden Grove, Westminster, and Orange.
  • $7.4 million for a project to add one mixed flow lane on northbound Interstate 5 (I-5) from the I-405 truck bypass onramp to Yale Street in the city of Irvine.

SB 1 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 SB 1 funds, including projects that are partially funded by SB 1.

For more information about other transportation projects funded by SB 1, visit RebuildingCA.ca.gov.