California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

November 4, 2010
Headquarters - Sacramento
Matt Rocco
(916) 654-4020

 State Allocates $141 Million to Upgrade Transportation Infrastructure and Drive Economic Growth,
Adds One More Project to Its Historic Design-Build Pilot Program

Sacramento – Today, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) allocated $141 million to 39 projects statewide to improve the state’s highways and bolster the economy. The allocations come from assorted state and federal transportation accounts. The CTC also approved a request by Caltrans and the Port of Long Beach to add the $951 million Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project in Los Angeles to California’s design-build demonstration program.

"Today’s announcement is another step in our commitment to rebuild California’s aging infrastructure," said Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. "Investing in transportation is strengthening our economy and creating jobs when we need them most."

The Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project is the eighth design-build project authorized by the CTC under the landmark legislation (Senate Bill 4, SBX2 4) signed in 2009 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. This legislation provided for a pilot program for the design-build method of procurement by California’s regional and state transportation agencies. SBX2 4 and subsequent legislation has given authority for up to 16 design-build transportation projects. Also, as part of the $141million, the CTC allocated $51 million for the State Route 180 Braided Ramps Project, which previously was approved for design-build and will construct new connector ramps on SR-180 between State Routes 41 and 168. Design-build combines both design and construction into one contract where the design firm and the construction contractor are a team, working together to design and construct phases of a project concurrently to expedite the construction process.

"We’re putting people to work building better roads, transit, and bridges for California," said Caltrans Director Cindy McKim. "At the same time, we are providing a safe, efficient transportation system."

Highlights of today’s allocations include:

Santa Clara - $18 million to resurface State Route 17 and install a median safety barrier to reduce collisions.

Los Angeles County - $12 million to construct safety improvements at 10 rail crossings along the Antelope Valley Line corridor.

Alameda County - $5 million to seismically retrofit the West Oakland Bay Area Rapid Transit Station.

For information about all projects that received allocations today, please visit:

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