More than $600 Million in Funding Approved for Transportation Infrastructure, Rail and Local Projects

This is a press release from Caltrans:

Eureka — Caltrans announced that the California Transportation Commission (CTC) allocated more than $600 million in funding for hundreds of transportation projects, which includes $80 million from SB 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.

“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, to improve transportation for all of our residents and visitors, no matter their mode of transportation.” said Caltrans Director Laurie Berman.

More than 200 transportation projects will improve and maintain California’s current transportation system. Most of the projects receiving funding 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.

Area projects receiving funding include:

  • Safety Project on State Route 299 in Humboldt County: $885,000 of support costs for the advancement of a project on Route 299 in Humboldt County near Willow Creek from 1.5 miles east of East Blair Road to 0.4 miles west of Cedar Creek Road. The proposed project would widen shoulders. 
  • Safety Project on State Route 199 in Del Norte County:  $600,000 of support costs for the advancement of a project on U.S. Route 199 in Del Norte County from 0.7 to 0.3 miles south of the Hardscrabble Creek Bridge. The proposed project includes the installation of a High Friction Surface Treatment, signs, guardrail, and a centerline rumble strip.
  • Safety Project on State Route 20 in Lake County:  $1,986,000 of support costs for the advancement of a project on Route 20 in Lake County near Upper Lake between Irvine Avenue and Mid Lake Road.  The proposed project plans to improve curves and widen shoulders on Route 20.
  • Maintenance Project on State Route 1 in Mendocino County:  $789,000 of support costs for the advancement of a project on Route 1 in Mendocino County in Point Arena from the Sonoma County line to Mill Street.  The proposed project plans to repave 15 miles of Route 1.

Other projects are designed to reduce congestion, improve freight transportation, and provide funds for local government improvement projects. These vital programs tackle congestion, support valuable trade corridors and bolster local agency efforts to invest in transportation.

Seventeen Active Transportation Projects to encourage walking and biking, such as new bike lanes and walking trails, were also approved for $12 million.

The Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program funds projects to modernize transit systems, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve safety were allocated nearly $32 million in SB 1 funds for four rail and transit projects.

The Road Repair and Accountability Act (SB 1), the landmark 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 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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