More than $690 Million Funded Entirely or in Part by SB 1
pr Caltrans today announced that the California Transportation Commission (CTC) 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 (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:
- Interstate 5 North Coast Corridor HOV Extension: Phase 1 of $700 million Build NCC project will construct 18 miles of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes in each direction from Encinitas to Carlsbad, add Intelligent Transportation Systems to help traffic flow, will construct a Park and Ride facility at Manchester Avenue and construct bicycle and pedestrian paths. This project was allocated $266 million, $195 million in funding was due to SB 1.
- Pavement Project on State Route 52, State Route 163, Interstate 15 and Interstate 805 in city of San Diego: $18.4 million pavement preservation project will improve the safety and ride quality and extend the service life of 26.4 lane miles of State Route 52 from Interstate 805 to east of Santo Road in the city of San Diego and upgrade guardrail. This project was allocated $15.1 million, $1.7 million in funding was due to SB 1.
- State Route 11 design for new Otay Mesa East Port of Entry: This project was allocated $4.8 million from the SB 1-funded Trade Corridor Enhancement Program to design the last southbound interchange for passenger vehicles and trucks approaching the new Otay Mesa Port of Entry and the first northbound interchange for passenger vehicles entering the U.S. from Mexico.
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 .
To see the entire list of projects throughout California August 2018 CTC Meeting