Two Local Projects Receive Caltrans Grants

Caltrans District CTTwo local projects received grants. See the following information from Caltrans:

Caltrans announced today the next round of local transportation planning grants totaling $41 million have been awarded. Local agencies will put this money to use for planning efforts and projects that support more sustainable communities, reduce transportation-related greenhouse gases and adapt for the effects of climate change.

“These grants will provide much needed funding to support the efforts by local and regional agencies to improve transportation in their communities,” said Caltrans Director Laurie Berman. “Planning is a crucial first step in creating projects that can ultimately lead to more long-lasting transportation improvements throughout the state.”

Among the grants awarded were nearly $31 million in Sustainable Communities grants, including $18.5 million for 64 local and regional multimodal transportation and land use planning projects and $12.5 million for Metropolitan Planning Organizations that represent urbanized areas of the State. These planning grants will provide funding to support regional sustainable community strategies and ultimately achieve the state’s greenhouse gas reductions targets of 40 and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and 2050 respectively. The Road Repair and Accountability Act (SB 1) provides $25 million annually to this grant program which is awarded both competitively and by formula to eligible projects. The remaining $6 million in Sustainable Communities grants consists of a combination of State and Federal funds. Among projects awarded funding [is one in Humboldt County]:

Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan for Humboldt Bay Transportation Infrastructure, $425,000: This project will develop an adaptation plan for vulnerable transportation infrastructure built along the shoreline in Humboldt Bay that is highly susceptible to sea level rise and extreme weather events. The project area encompasses a majority of the Eureka-Arcata transportation corridor segment of Highway 101, as well as a portions of the Humboldt Bay Trail….

The Humboldt Transit Authority (HTA) will develop a Climate Risk and Adaptation Report and Electric Charging infrastructure Report, both of which will be compiled into a Climate Resilient Electrified Transit Plan…$153,650 HTA will identify climate risks to routes, transit hubs, maintenance yards, vehicle charging stations, and electrical equipment. This Plan will enable HTA to understand electric charging infrastructure requirements and costs while integrating climate adaptation, resiliency, and emergency planning efforts. This planning will identify benefits to the environment and disadvantaged communities by planning for an electrified bus fleet, which will reduce emissions and air pollutants.

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15 comments

  • clearlake fool

    sounds like lots of money for paper projects and thinking on how to make it better and not much to actual nice level blacktop to drive on

    • Seriously, how much money does it take to look at an elevation map and say “If the water gets this high, we’ll have to put the road up on a embankment.”

  • Yes fix the dam roads in so hum alderpoint wilder ridge briceland to name a few

  • Veterans friend

    HTA has installed nice bus shelters in Phillipsville & Miranda, but apparently Myers Flat is the redheaded stepchild of Avenue towns.
    3 words for CALTRANS
    LAST CHANCE GRADE
    Anything they do before that is vanity

  • More “make work” government jobs, paid for by taxpayers. Sounds like a bunch of horse feathers and moonbeams. “Grants” means taxpayers pay for it. It is not free money!

    • Yeah, but you would be the first to complain if you had to wait for the tide to get through Eureka. And how do you think we actually got 4 lane roads up here.? I have done the old drive from Garberville to Eureka when it was all 2 lane on a good day. Believe me, that 50 minute run beats the old 2 hour one. Grants are not free money but they do give locals a way to get money for local projects. We have barely 128,000 people in this county, a veritable spot on the ass of California humanity. The state now has almost 40,000,000 people, that’s 40 million people to those of you who don’t like numbers. Without our tax dollars planning for and building our roads and other infrastructure all the growers would have to get their product out of county by plane or by donkey which they would have to pay for rather than us. I for one, do not think that planning and road jobs are make work. They are essential.

  • So the first grant includes how to keep the boondoggle Humboldt Bay Trail above water, so the tweakers and bums can stay there, and not head for higher ground. Sounds like a plus to me.

  • Wow, 41 million to think of ways to spend more money? Instead of actually fixing the problems they already know about!

  • humboldt bay sea level rise adaptation planning project. read about it.

    http://humboldtbay.org/humboldt-bay-sea-level-rise-adaptation-planning-project

    rising sea levels are a growing threat to city infrastructure. in a move to focus on long-term issues, i think the move to start planning now is warranted. while there are other pressing issues, if the government continues to have short-sighted goals then we won’t progress at all.

  • Never have I seen so many county roads in so consistently bad condition. Lack of consistent maintenance has lead to a point where so much spending is needed all at one time, that most projects will not be funded at a level needed to do the repairs correctly. And even more projects will not be done, leading to ever more moving from needs doing to desperately failing.

    Meanwhile the State is pursuing it’s program of climate change. The old adage about it not being the time to worry about draining the swamp while up to your ass in alligators comes to mind. The State is in draining mode while the county is just feeding us to the alligators.

    • The state isn’t really doing anything about climate change, but it makes for good promotion talk. If climate change and sustainability were true to their mission, bigger wouldn’t be better, they would be downsizing instead of bringing more of the same. To say nothing of pushing through Richardson’s Grove, a symbolic gesture on par with pissing on the world’s oldest trees.

      • You’re absolutely right, that’s why California has eight of the most polluted cities in the United States, despite some of the strictest climate regulations.

        • its the geology. the mountains trap it and thermal inversions put it at ground level in the winter. scientist also claim some of our pollution is from China.

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