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 $11,212,267 TO IMPROVE VENTURA COUNTY TRANSPORTATION
Sacramento – Business, Transportation and Housing Agency Undersecretary Barry Sedlik today met with transportation and community leaders in Ventura to discuss three vital transportation projects for Ventura County that were included in the governor’s budget and approved in July by the California Transportation Commission (CTC). He also announced five grants to improve local transportation.
“By reinstating $1.313 billion in Proposition 42 funds as part of his budget, of which more than $11 million goes to Ventura 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 $519,267 in state and federal grants further reinforces his commitment to the region.”
Last month, the CTC approved $10,693,000 from Proposition 42 monies for three transportation projects in Ventura County (see Attachment #1).
Fully funding Proposition 42 includes $254 million statewide for cities and counties to repair local streets and roads, of which $4,458,115 goes to Ventura County.
Undersecretary Sedlik further
reinforced the governor’s commitment to
Ventura County transportation by awarding a Caltrans
planning grant for $166,667 (see Attachment #2).
This grant will enable local transportation planners
and Caltrans to more accurately analyze growth
and to plan accordingly.
He also awarded four OTS traffic safety grants totaling $352,600 (see Attachment #3). 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.