California Invests $1.4 Billion for Transportation Improvements
The California Transportation Commission (CTC) [Thursday] allocated more than $1.4 billion for projects to repair and improve transportation infrastructure throughout the state. Senate Bill (SB) 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, accounts for more than half of this investment – $884 million.
“California continues to make significant investments in fixing our roads, highways, bridges and transit systems,” said Caltrans Director Toks Omishakin. “SB 1 is critical to making these repairs and upgrades, while also supporting thousands of jobs that are essential for our economy.”
Active Transportation Projects approved today include:
- $290,000 for the City of Santa Barbara to install 0.65 miles of new Class II buffered bike lanes as well as curb extensions at six intersections and 210-feet of sidewalk infill to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians at Upper De La Vina Street.
- $647,000 for the City of Watsonville for bike and pedestrian safety education as part of the Safer Access to Pájaro Valley High School and Beyond. Includes commitment over a 4-year period for engagement to inspire, educate, and activate community members to use active transportation.
Infrastructure Projects approved today include:
- $8 million for a pavement rehabilitation project on Hwy. 68 near Pacific Grove and Monterey. Project will extend the pavement service life of the roadway and improve safety and ride quality, and facilities will be upgraded to ADA standards.
- $3 million for project on Hwy. 9 near Brookdale in Santa Cruz County to construct viaduct extension, retaining wall, roadway restoration, and establishment of permanent erosion control.
- $12 million for a roundabout project near Hollister at the intersection of State Routes 25 and 156 to improve safety and to reduce the number and severity of collisions.
SB 1 provides $5 billion in transportation funding annually split between the state and local agencies. Road projects progress through construction phases more quickly based on the availability of SB 1 funds, including projects that are partially funded by SB 1.
For more information about other transportation projects funded by SB 1, visit RebuildingCA.ca.gov.