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California Transportation Commission green lights $578 million to repair and maintain state’s infrastructure

The California Transportation Commission (CTC) this week allocated $578 million 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 $317 million – more than half of the funding.

“The CTC’s welcome decision to green light more than half a billion dollars to maintain and repair California’s aging transportation infrastructure is not only in keeping with our time-tested ‘fix-it-first’ strategy but also represents another big step to build and maintain a transportation system that serves all who travel in California, whether by foot, bicycle, bus, train or automobile,” said Caltrans Acting Director Steven Keck.

Projects approved in District 12 Orange County include:

  • $16.5 million for two projects in Laguna Beach from 7th Avenue to Ruby Street to upgrade existing curb ramps, sidewalks, and driveways to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards and construct bike lanes and sidewalk gap closures as complete streets elements, as well as repaving the street to extend the pavement service life and improve ride quality.
  • $2.5 million for a project in Anaheim on I-5 to install new pavement and upgrade drainage, guardrail, and end treatments to improve safety.
  • $1.2 million for a project to install safety lighting on I-605 in Los Alamitos and Long Beach from I-405 to Katella Ave.
  • $60,000 for a project in Dana Point on SR-1 to incorporate complete streets elements, including upgrading facilities to ADA standards, adding Class II bike lanes and mixed-use sidewalks.

The CTC also approved the 2022 State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP), a four- year, $17.9 billion program of projects to preserve and protect the state highway system. Most of the 2022 SHOPP projects are focused on improving pavement, bridges and other highway infrastructure. All the 2022 SHOPP projects are available on the Caltrans’ Ten-Year Project Book website, ProjectBook.dot.ca.gov.

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 transportation projects funded by SB 1, visit RebuildingCA.ca.gov.

This article was released by the California Department of Transportation.