California Department of Transportation
 

California Department of Transportation

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December 10, 2009

$125 MILLION ALLOCATED TO UPGRADE STATE HIGHWAYS AND DRIVE STATE’S ECONOMIC GROWTH

Sacramento –Today, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) allocated $125 million to 36 transportation projects to improve the state’s transportation infrastructure and bolster the economy.  The allocations include $37 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) and $31 million from Proposition 1B, the $19.9 billion transportation bond approved by voters in 2006.  The remaining $57 million in allocations came from assorted transportation accounts funded by state and federal dollars.

“Today’s announcement is another important step in our commitment to rebuild California’s aging infrastructure,” said Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.   “My administration is working hand-in-hand with President Obama’s team to ensure Recovery Act dollars are pumped into California quickly and responsibly to stimulate the economy and invest in the future of the state’s transportation system.”

Among the projects that received funding allocations today were:

Plumas County - $28.2 million in Recovery Act funding to replace Spanish Creek Bridge, an aging structure on State Route 70. 

Chico - $1.9 million from the Recovery Act to construct a 6.7-mile bikeway and pedestrian access alongside State Route 99. 

Humboldt County - $1.3 million from the Recovery Act to construct sidewalks, pedestrian crossings, bicycle lanes and improve landscaping on State Route 255 in the city of Arcata.

Sacramento - $31.2 million in Proposition 1B funding for a wide range of rail improvements.  One project ($25.2 million) at the downtown Sacramento train station will straighten and separate a passenger rail track and platform from freight tracks.  A second project ($6 million) will construct a grade separation overcrossing at 6th Street above newly relocated mainline tracks and F Street. 

Los Angeles - $2.4 million to perform maintenance work and repairs on a bridge on Interstate 5 at the junction with U.S. Highway 101.

Fresno - $3 million to construct a new median safety barrier on State Route 180 to reduce the potential for cross-median collisions and $2.1 million to upgrade three bridges on State Route 168.

“From one end of the state to the other, transportation projects are providing jobs and improving mobility for people and businesses in California,” said Caltrans Director Randy Iwasaki.  “Our focus has been and continues to be ensuring that California gets the maximum benefit from the stimulus funding.”

Under Governor Schwarzenegger’s leadership, California leads the nation with $2.1 billion in Recovery Act funding obligated to 718 highway and local street transportation projects statewide.  Of these, 380 projects worth more than $2 billion have been awarded contracts to begin work, with an additional $449 million in federal stimulus funds expected to be awarded to 129 projects by February 2010.  For more information on the Recovery Act visit: http://recovery.ca.gov/

For a comprehensive list of all projects that received allocations today, please visit: http://www.dot.ca.gov/docs/ctcprojectallocationsdec2009.pdf