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California allocates more than $2.2 billion for transportation infrastructure

The California Transportation Commission (CTC) allocated more than $2.2 billion to repair and improve transportation infrastructure throughout the state at its August meeting. The allocation includes more than $1.6 billion in funding from the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 (IIJA) and nearly $336 million in funding from Senate Bill (SB) 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.

“Thanks to a historic influx of federal funding and our ongoing investments powered by SB 1, California continues to make major progress in rebuilding, revitalizing and reimagining our infrastructure to support a cleaner, safer and more equitable transportation system,” said Caltrans Director Tony Tavares.

Projects approved this week in Orange County’s District 12 include:

  • $32.5 million for a project in the Cities of Santa Ana, Tustin, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Laguna Niguel, and Anaheim on various routes to rehabilitate pavement and replace asphalt at 16 connectors, two ramps, and one freeway segment.
  • $13.6 million for a project on State Route 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) in Newport Beach, from Jamboree Road to the Santa Ana River Bridge to rehabilitate pavement and upgrade facilities to Americans with Disabilities Act standards.
  • $6.1 million for a project on SR-57 near Brea, at the Tonner Canyon off-ramp to construct a new detention basin to reduce trash flowing to the San Gabriel-Coyote Creek watershed.
  • $1.8 million for a project on SR-22 in the Cities of Orange and Santa Ana, from east of Parker Street to east of Cambridge Street to restripe lanes to improve merging, extend auxiliary lanes, add and upgrade signs, and add safety lighting.
  • $360,000 for a project on Interstate 5 in the Cities of Anaheim, Fullerton, and Buena Park, from Orangewood Avenue to south of Artesia Boulevard to refresh and add new pavement delineation and install pavement markers at exit ramps to prevent wrong-way driving.

The CTC also adopted the 2022 California Transportation Asset Management Plan at the meeting. The plan lays out the needs and investment strategies for Caltrans and its partner agencies to maintain the state’s highway infrastructure – including pavement, bridges and other assets – over the next decade. California’s plan was the first in the nation to be certified by the Federal Highway Administration. The CTC’s adoption finalizes the plan.

SB 1 provides $5 billion in transportation funding annually that is shared equally 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 Caltrans.