STATE — Caltrans announced Monday 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 or already include:
• $4.8 million State Highway Project for pavement preservation project which will improve 9.32 lane miles of State Route 41 from Los Altos Road to El Camino Real in the City of Atascadero in San Luis Obispo County.
• $9.1 million State Highway Project for pavement project will improve 16.2 lane miles of U.S. Highway 101 from Vineyard Drive Overcrossing in the town of Templeton to North Paso Robles Overhead in the city of Paso Robles in San Luis Obispo County.
• $19, 000 for the City of Atascadero awarded for State Transit Assistance fund for 2017/2018 fiscal year. Funds from that were carried over into 2019 for the El Camino Real Rehabilitation -North 17/18 Carryover Project into the 2018-19 Local Streets and Roads program for major pavement rehabilitation for approximately 0.78 miles of arterial roadway to improve deteriorated pavement conditions and better define roadway configuration for all roadway users, including motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. This roadway section is heavily used and the City receives numerous complaints regarding its condition and inquiries of when it will be replaced. The project will include constructing approximately 250 feet of a missing link section of sidewalk on the west side to provide better pedestrian connectivity along the corridor.
• The city of Paso Robles used their SB 1 funds for Sherwood, Creston to Linne to upgrade old sewer mains, install street lights, traffic signal, landscaping, upgrade curb ramps to meet ADA requirements, and resurface roads, including bike lane striping in the 2017/2018 fiscal year. In 2018-19 Local Streets and Roads program they will install and enhanced pedestrian crossings at two locations by providing pedestrian button-activated flashing signs, enhanced painted crosswalks and additional street lights. Which also includes road maintenance and rehabilitation on 13th St. Dig-out repairs at localized locations where pavement has failed. As well as on Niblick Rd. dig-out repairs where paving has failed at by Nicklaus Rd. Sherwood Rd. repairs from Fontana to Creston to repair deteriorated road surface, remove and replace curb ramps to meet current ADA standards, install streetlights, install a new traffic signal, install landscaping and irrigation, upgrade and upsize old sewer mains.
• $4,284,000 to develop capitalized track access fee payment to increase service of rail corridor in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties and incentivize Union Pacific Railroad for on-time performance.
• $1 million to construct a retaining wall south of the Little Sur River Bridge on State Route 1 near Big Sur in Monterey County.
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 www.rebuildingca.ca.gov.
The complete list of allocations can be viewed at the following link: www.dot.ca.gov/hq/transprog/ctcbooks/2018/1218/000_Summary_Vote_List.pdf.