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California Transportation Commission allocates $924 million to improve transportation

The California Transportation Commission (CTC) at its May meeting allocated more than $924 million for projects to improve critical transportation infrastructure throughout the state. Nearly half of this major investment – $458 million – comes from Senate Bill (SB) 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.

“Caltrans is building a brighter future through a transportation network that serves all Californians,”said Caltrans Director Toks Omishakin.“This significant investment will help us fortify and enhance our state’s vast network of highways, bridges, transit facilities, bike ways and pedestrian routes.”

Projects approved in District 12, Orange County include:

  • $1 million project to install safety lighting in and near the cities of Costa Mesa, Santa Ana, Tustin, Orange, and Anaheim, from Interstate 405 to State Route 91.
  • Almost $200,000 project to provide 36 educational workshops to students on safe urban cycling, bike mechanic skills and encourage ridership through group bike rides. These workshops will be provided at three different schools in the City of Santa Ana over two years.

In addition to the investments listed above, Caltrans also reported to the CTCon recent emergency and safety projects, including $13 million to rebuild 150 feet of Highway 1 at Rat Creek in Monterey County following a January mudslide. Caltrans completed this emergency repair project nearly two months ahead of its target date, reopening the highway to traffic on April 23.

SB 1 funding 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 funds, including projects that are partially funded by SB1. For more information about other state transportation projects funded by SB 1, visit RebuildingCA.ca.gov.

This article was released by Caltrans.