Thursday, 03 December 2020

California Transportation Commission invests more than $830 million in highway and rail projects, improves pedestrian and bicycle access

The California Transportation Commission on Thursday approved more than $830 million to repair highways and bridges and improve the state’s growing network of pedestrian, bicycle and mass transit routes.

This investment includes more than $600 million in allocations for State Highway Operation and Protection Program, or SHOPP, projects, Caltrans’ “fix-it-first” program aimed at preserving the condition of the State Highway System.

“We are advancing projects that will keep our economy moving and improve access for all Californians,” said Caltrans Director Toks Omishakin. “This includes improving safety for cyclists and pedestrians, expanding public transportation and helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

Projects approved in Caltrans District 1 include:

– Approximately $1.3M in support costs for bridge work at South Fork Eel River Bridge No. 10-0218 on U.S. Highway 101 in Mendocino County near Piercy. Work includes a seismic retrofit, bridge rail upgrades, restriping for wider shoulders and bicycle access, and upgraded deck drainage.
– Approximately $30K in support costs to replace a culvert on U.S. Highway 101 in Mendocino County about 0.7 miles north of the 271 junction near Piercy.

The CTC approved more than $43 million for 18 complete streets projects that will augment existing state highway projects with additional bicycle and pedestrian safety features. This includes bike routes, enhanced crosswalks and sidewalk gap closures. Caltrans continues to seek input from stakeholders to select complete street projects for funding.

The California Transportation Commission also approved more than $36 million in funds for rail and mass transit projects, including freight, intercity rail and bus services. This investment includes $30 million for the Trade Corridor Enhancement Program, enhances the movement of goods along corridors with high freight volume through projects that improve state highways, local roads, freight rail systems, port facilities and truck corridors.

Project funding is derived from federal and state gas taxes, including $637 million from Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. The state’s portion of SB 1 funds are used for the ongoing maintenance and rehabilitation of the State Highway System. By 2027, these funds will enable Caltrans to fix more than 17,000 lane miles of pavement, 500 bridges, 55,000 culverts, and 7,700 traffic operating systems that help improve highway access, such as ramp meters, traffic cameras and electric highway message signs.

For details on SB 1, visit Rebuilding California - Senate Bill 1.

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