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More than $2.1 billion allocated to repair and improve California transportation infrastructure

The California Transportation Commission (CTC) this week allocated more than $1.4 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 nearly one-third of this investment – $696 million.

“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 benefit.”

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 Distct 12, Orange County, include:

  • $220 million for SR-55 corridor improvements between I-405 and I-5. This project will wide SR-55 for an additional high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane and a general-purpose lane in each direction within the project limits, re-establish existing auxiliary lanes, and proposes new auxiliary lanes.
  • $15.9 million for a project in and near Santa Ana and Tustin, from Dyer Road onramp to Edinger Avenue offramp of SR-55 to construct a northbound auxiliary lane to reduce traffic delays, improve goods movement, and improve safety.
  • $7.59 million total for projects to rehabilitate the pavement and culverts, upgrade lighting, upgrade Transportation Management System (TMS) elements, and make highway worker safety improvements along the following routes:
    • SR-90 in Anaheim
    • SR-91 in La Palma, Buena Park, Anaheim, and Fullerton
    • SR 241 in Rancho Santa Margarita, Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, and Irvine

Since it was passed in 2017, SB 1 has fully or partially funded more than 7,000 projects, including 2,500 already completed, investing more than $6 billion toward pavement, bridges, trade corridors, transit and rail, and walking and biking paths.

For more information about other transportation projects funded by SB 1, visit RebuildingCA.ca.gov.

The article above was released by Caltrans, the Department of Transportation for the State of California.