California Invests $2.1 Billion for Transportation Improvements

SB 1 provides $696 million of funding

SACRAMENTO — The California Transportation Commission (CTC) this week allocated more than $2.1 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 $696 million – nearly one-third of the funding.

“By making these significant investments, California is building the public transportation system we need for a safer and more prosperous, equitable, and environmentally sound future,” said Caltrans Director Toks Omishakin. “This investment also includes nearly $1 billion for local and regional transportation projects that carry significant community benefits.”

The CTC allocated $960 million to Caltrans’ Division of Local Assistance in its annual federal fiscal year investment. The Local Assistance Program makes funds available to more than 600 cities, counties, and regional agencies to improve transportation infrastructure and services. The Local Assistance Program authorizes approximately 1,100 new projects each year.

The CTC also approved 15 repair projects that will extend the life of 76 bridges, prevent future costly repairs, and improve ride quality for the public.

Projects approved in District 10 today include:

• A project near the town of Holt in San Joaquin County from Middle River Bridge to a half-mile east of Middle River Bridge received $10.5 million. The project will improve safety and reduce the number and severity of collisions by widening shoulders, realigning the roadway curve, upgrading guard rail, and installing flashing beacons.

• A project in Tracy from Byron Road to Paradise Road received $26.5 million. Workers will install ramp meters and closed-circuit television (CCTV) elements to reduce user delay and improve system reliability.  

• The Jamestown Community Connectivity Project that will add 3,600 linear feet of new sidewalks, curbs and gutters that meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards received nearly $200,000. This project within the vicinity of Jamestown Elementary School will promote active transportation and improve safety for students and pedestrians.

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. 

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