Monday, 05 December 2022

More than $2 billion in funding approved for hundreds of transportation projects

Caltrans has announced that the California Transportation Commission, or CTC, has approved funding for more than 100 transportation projects funded entirely or at least partly by $690 million from 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,” said Caltrans Director Laurie Berman. “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, or 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:

– Project development for Hunter and Panther Creek Bridge Replacements on U.S. Highway 101 in Del Norte County: Over $4 million will be used to further advance projects to replace the Hunter Creek and Panther Creek Bridges on U.S. Highway 101 a little over eight miles north of the Humboldt County line in Del Norte County. This project is needed because both bridges are narrow, do not meet current seismic standards, and are past their 50-year design life.

– Project development for Pavement Rehabilitation on U.S. Highway 101 near Hopland in Mendocino County: Over $600,000 will be used to further advance a pavement rehabilitation project on U.S. Highway 101 near Hopland in Mendocino County. The project will rehabilitate 36.2 lane miles of highway.

The Road Repair and Accountability Act (SB 1), the landmark transportation infrastructure bill signed by Gov. 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.

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