Caltrans will improve, repair or replace an additional 80 bridges, 200 drainage systems and more than 340 lane miles with the new allocation
Caltrans news release
BISHOP – Caltrans announced last week that the California Transportation Commission allocated $669 million for more than 100 projects, funded by or at least partly by Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.
“This allocation builds on a year of funding approvals that have allowed us to move more than $15 billion worth of projects forward,” said Caltrans Director Laurie Berman. “So far Caltrans has completed 53 SB 1 projects, a number anticipated to grow to 100 by December 31, with more on the horizon in 2019.”
More than 50 projects were allocated funds that will bring goods to market faster, help relieve traffic in our most congested cities, and provide additional funding on transportation investments that counties have made in their own communities.
Completed area projects that were allocated SB 1 funds include:
- Inyo 395 Coso Keough Chip Seal Pavement Project: $2.4 million pavement project on 41.8 lane miles of U.S. Highway 395 from south of Cinder Road in the community of Coso to south of Haiwee Powerhouse Road near the community of Dunmovin, and from south of State Route 168 Junction in the community of Big Pine to south of Warm Springs Road in the city of Bishop in Inyo County.
- Mono & Inyo 89 & 395 Chip Seal Pavement Project: $2.3 million pavement project on 51.6 lane miles of northbound U.S. Highway 395 north of Gorge Road in Inyo County, State Route 89 from US-395/SR-89 Intersection to south of Big Springs Road in Mono County, northbound US-395 from the Inyo/Mono County line to Forest Road in Mono County, US-395 from Rock Creek Road to south of South Landing Road, and from Mono Inn Drive to south of Lundy Lake Road in Mono County.
- Inyo & Mono 395 $ 6 Pavement Project: $5.3 million pavement preservation project currently under construction will improve 33.4 lane miles of U.S. Highways 395 and 6 at various locations in the counties of Inyo and Mono.
- Inyo & Mono 395 Chip Seal Pavement Project: $1.3 pavement preservation project will improve 35.2 lane miles of U.S. Highway 395 at various locations in the counties of Inyo and Mono.
Attached is the complete list of projects that were allocated SB 1 funds at the meeting.
Many of the projects receiving allocations are part of the State Highway Operations and Protection Program (SHOPP), which is the state highway system’s “fix-it-first” program that funds safety improvements, emergency repairs, highway preservation and some operational highway improvements. While funding for this program is a mixture of federal and state funds, a significant portion comes from SB 1.
In the last year, Caltrans crews have repaired more than 2,900 potholes, replaced or repaired more than 740 lane miles of pavement, repaired more than 37,500 feet of guardrail, replaced or repaired nearly 950 highway lights and traffic signals, restriped more than 2,000 miles of highway to improve visibility and safety, and fixed 800 roadway signs.
To date, along with the 53 projects completed, Caltrans has awarded or started construction on 90 projects and has begun work, including design and environmental clearance on 357 projects.
At the meeting, the Commission also approved Caltrans’ Annual Efficiencies report which details how the department will achieve more than $130 million in savings.
SB 1, the landmark transportation infrastructure bill signed by Governor Brown in April 2017, invests $54 billion over the next decade to fix roads, freeways and bridges in communities across California and puts more dollars toward transit and safety. These funds are split equally between state and local investments to enable Caltrans to fix more than 17,000 lane miles of pavement, 500 bridges and 55,000 culverts by 2027.
More information and updates on projects can be found on Caltrans’ social media http://www.dot.ca.gov/paffairs/social-media.html.
Caltrans is committed to conducting its business in a fully transparent manner and detailing its progress to the public. For complete details on SB 1, visit http://www.rebuildingca.ca.gov/.