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District 5 - CTC Approves $814 Million in New Transportation Funding for State's Infrastructure System

Date: August 19, 2016
District: District 5
Contact: Jim Shivers
Phone: (805) 549-3237
Contact: Colin Jones
Phone: (805) 549-3189

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Continuing the push to rebuild and maintain California's infrastructure, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) has allocated $814 million to 135 transportation projects that will alleviate traffic delays, repair aging roads and bridges and encourage bicycling and walking. This includes 34 biking and pedestrian projects throughout the state that will receive $12.1 million in allocations from the Active Transportation Program.

"Each of these projects is an opportunity to improve safety, access and mobility for all travelers in California, whether you choose to travel via car, bike or transit."

Malcolm Dougherty, Director, Caltrans

The newly allocated funding also includes $732.7 million from the State Highway Operation and Protection Program for 72 "fix-it first" projects that will maintain and preserve the state highway system and its supporting infrastructure. These capital improvements consist of projects covering maintenance, pavement repair and rehabilitation, safety improvements and upgrades to bridges throughout the state.

The allocations also include:

  • $2.1 million from Proposition 1B, a transportation bond approved by voters in 2006.To date, more than $19 billion in Proposition 1B funds have been put to work statewide for transportation purposes.
  • $52.7 million for Traffic Congestion Relief Program projects that will relieve congestion, connect transportation systems and provide for better goods movement.
  • The remaining $14.4 million in allocations came from various state and federal transportation accounts.

Among the projects that received funding allocations were:

  • $2 million to remove fixed objects in the clear recovery zone, eliminating the threat of falling trees and debris in the roadway on US Highway 101 from Central Avenue to Teague Avenue and from Teague Avenue to Lagomarsino Avenue near King City in Monterey County.  This project will also improve the safety of highway workers and reduce the severity and number of collisions in this area.
  • $2 million to relocate electrical and irrigation boxes, place pavement delineation at interchanges, install maintenance access gates, construct maintenance vehicle pullouts and improve drainage to ensure the safety of highway workers at various locations on Highway 1 and 17 in Santa Cruz County.
  • $6 million to rehabilitate 14 lane miles of State Route 156 in and near San Juan Bautista. This project will extend the life of the pavement, ensure a smooth ride and will include upgrades to guardrail curb ramps so they are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • $7 million to rehabilitate 18 lane miles of State Route 156 in San Benito County from west of the Hudner Overhead to the Santa Clara County line.  This project will include upgrades to guardrail and curb ramps so they are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Please see the attached file for more information about all projects that received allocations.

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