Saturday, 06 June 2020

California Transportation Commission latest round of road projects

SACRAMENTO – Caltrans announced that the California Transportation Commission allocated $669 million for more than 100 projects, funded by or at least partly by Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.

“This allocation builds on a year of funding approvals that have allowed us to move more than $15 billion worth of projects forward,” said Caltrans Director Laurie Berman. “So far Caltrans has completed 53 SB 1 projects, a number anticipated to grow to 100 by December 31, with more on the horizon in 2019.”

More than 50 projects were allocated funds that will bring goods to market faster, help relieve traffic in our most congested cities, and provide additional funding on transportation investments that counties have made in their own communities.

Area projects completed with SB 1 funds include:

– Pavement project on State Route 162 in Mendocino County: $3 million pavement project improved 8.2 lane miles of State Route 162 from west of Grist Creek Bridge to west of Mill Creek Bridge near Covelo in Mendocino County.

– Pavement project on U.S. Highway 101 in Humboldt County: $3.9 million pavement project improved 23.2 lane miles of U.S. Highway 101 from north of Boyes Creek Viaduct to north of Prairie Creek Park Undercrossing in Humboldt County.

– Bridge project on U.S. Highway 101 in Humboldt County: $2.9 million bridge project revamped 12 bridges on U.S. Highway 101 in Humboldt County.

– Striping project on U.S. Highway 101 and State Route 254 in Mendocino and Humboldt Counties: $3.8 million project widened striping and increased visibility on 371 lane miles of U.S. Highway 101 from the Sonoma/Mendocino County line to north of Meyers Flat Separation (US-101/State Route 254) in the counties of Mendocino and Humboldt.

Many of the projects receiving 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.

In the last year, Caltrans crews have repaired more than 2,900 potholes, replaced or repaired more than 740 lane miles of pavement, repaired more than 37,500 feet of guardrail, replaced or repaired nearly 950 highway lights and traffic signals, restriped more than 2,000 miles of highway to improve visibility and safety, and fixed 800 roadway signs.

To date, along with the 53 projects completed, Caltrans has awarded or started construction on 90 projects and has begun work, including design and environmental clearance on 357 projects.

At the meeting, the commission also approved Caltrans’ Annual Efficiencies report which details how the department will achieve more than $130 million in savings.

SB 1, the 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 are split equally between state and local investments to enable Caltrans to fix more than 17,000 lane miles of pavement, 500 bridges and 55,000 culverts by 2027.

More information and updates on projects can be found on Caltrans’ social media http://www.dot.ca.gov/paffairs/social-media.html.

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/.

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