Trans­porta­tion Com­mis­sion Au­tho­rizes SB1 Project Funds

The Oakdale Leader - - NEWS -

Cal­trans an­nounced on Thurs­day, Aug. 17 that 32 ma­jor “fix-it-first” trans­porta­tion projects can be ac­cel­er­ated a year ear­lier than planned thanks to an­tic­i­pated fund­ing from Se­nate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Re­pair and Ac­count­abil­ity Act of 2017. The ad­vance­ment is pos­si­ble due to nearly $690 mil­lion in fund­ing au­tho­rized by the Cal­i­for­nia Trans­porta­tion Com­mis­sion (CTC).

“The needs in Cal­i­for­nia are great and we are not wait­ing for the fund­ing to come in. The time to get to work is now and we are lin­ing up the projects,” said Cal­trans Di­rec­tor Mal­colm Dougherty. “SB 1 is a game chang­ing in­vest­ment for trans­porta­tion in Cal­i­for­nia, and Cal­trans is al­ready putting that money to work across the state.”

The 32 projects are part of a list Cal­trans sub­mit­ted to the Cal­i­for­nia Trans­porta­tion Com­mis­sion that was ap­proved at the Com­mis­sion’s August meet­ing. Th­ese projects will fix pave­ment on high­ways across the state, fix and re­place de­fi­cient bridges and in­stall traf­fic man­age­ment sys­tems that help man­age traf­fic and re­duce con­ges­tion.

In San Joaquin County, an $8.1 mil­lion project along High­way 5 will see re­place­ment of a por­tion of the bridge deck at the Stock­ton Chan­nel Viaduct. On High­way 4, pave­ment work is sched­uled from Fresno Av­enue to the Crosstown Free­way Viaduct.

Also due for a va­ri­ety of im­prove­ment work around this re­gion are por­tions of High­way 99 in Sacra­mento County, High­ways 680 and 580 in Alameda County, High­way 99 in Fresno and Madera coun­ties, High­way 4 bridge work near An­gels Camp in Calav­eras County and High­way 49 work in Mari­posa County.

The projects au­tho­rized Aug. 17 come on the heels of more than $285 mil­lion in ac­cel­er­ated ex­ist­ing high­way re­pair projects an­nounced ear­lier in July.

SB 1 pro­vides an on­go­ing fund­ing in­crease of ap­prox­i­mately $1.8 bil­lion an­nu­ally for the main­te­nance and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the state high­way sys­tem, in­clud­ing $400 mil­lion specif­i­cally for bridges and cul­verts. SB 1 funds will en­able Cal­trans to fix more than 17,000 lane miles of pave­ment, 500 bridges and 55,000 cul­verts by 2027. Cal­trans will also fix 7,700 traf­fic op­er­at­ing sys­tems, like ramp me­ters, traf­fic cam­eras and elec­tric high­way mes­sage boards that help re­duce high­way con­ges­tion. When this work is fin­ished, 98 per­cent of pave­ment on state fa­cil­i­ties will be in good or fair con­di­tion, up from 85 per­cent to­day.

For com­plete de­tails on SB 1, visit http://www.re­build­ingca.ca.gov/.

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