California Department of Transportation
Public Affairs Office
Chris Nance at BTH Agency (916)323-5400
Mark J. DeSio at Caltrans (916) 654-5782
Mike Marando at OTS (916) 262-2975
August 1 , 2005
UNDERSECRETARY SEDLIK ROLLS OUT $31,119,770 TO IMPROVE SANTA BARBARA COUNTY TRANSPORTATION
Sacramento – Business, Transportation and Housing Agency Undersecretary Barry Sedlik today met with transportation and community leaders in Santa Barbara to discuss four vital transportation projects for Santa Barbara County that were included in the governor’s budget and approved in July by the California Transportation Commission (CTC). He also announced two grants to improve transportation safety.
“By reinstating $1.313 billion in Proposition 42 funds as part of his budget, of which more than $31 million goes to Santa Barbara County, Gov. Schwarzenegger is committed to helping the county invest in its infrastructure to reduce traffic congestion, facilitate the movement of goods and create jobs,” Undersecretary Sedlik said. “The additional $176,770 in state and federal grants further reinforces his commitment to the county.“
Last month, the CTC approved $30,943,000 from Proposition 42 monies for four transportation projects in Santa Barbara County (see Attachment #1).
Fully funding Proposition 42 includes $254 million statewide for cities and counties to repair local streets and roads, of which $2,447,204 goes to Santa Barbara County.
Undersecretary Sedlik further reinforced the governor’s commitment to Santa Barbara County transportation by awarding two Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) grants totaling $176,770 (see Attachment #2). The OTS grants cover a wide range of results-driven programs that focus on preventing alcohol-related fatalities and injuries, increasing seat belt use, pedestrian and bicycle safety, emergency medical services, and police traffic services.
Additional savings from Caltrans efficiencies will be redirected towards transportation projects – providing $251.6 million over the five-year Fund Estimate period. Of this amount, $130 million has been directed to the Toll Bridge Seismic Retrofit Program, as per AB 144.