California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

Date: May 22, 2014
District:10 - Stockton
Contact:  Angela DaPrato
Phone: (209) 948-7176

California Transportation Commission Allocates $541 Million, Emphasizing “Fix-It First” Preservation and Effective Management

Stockton – The California Transportation Commission has allocated $1.3 billion in transportation funding, including $541 million to implement California’s “fix it first” strategy for preserving and maintaining California’s 50,000 lane miles of highways.

“This investment will help preserve California’s existing transportation infrastructure and implement our fix-it-first approach to the highway system,” said California State Transportation Agency Secretary Brian Kelly. “While there is always pressure to expand the state highway system, expansion must remain a second priority to investing in the management, preservation and efficient operation of our existing infrastructure.”

Among the $541 million allocated, $10 million comes from the remaining Proposition 1B funds, the bond act that voters approved in 2006. Proposition 1B authorized $4.5 billion to improve performance on the state highway system and California leveraged another $4.6 billion in federal, state and local funds while recapturing cost savings during construction. What started as a program of 54 projects programmed at $9.1 billion grew to a program of 99 projects at $11.7 billion, supporting more than 190,000 jobs and providing critical improvements to the state’s transportation system.

"This Administration has made sure every dollar counts when it comes to building California’s transportation infrastructure," said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “We are repairing aging freeways, making highways and bridges safer, and promoting bicycling and walking – and, those projects support and create jobs.”

As a result of these investments and a focus on maintenance and rehabilitation, Caltrans announced in March that the condition of the pavement on California’s highways is at its healthiest level in more than a decade. Nevertheless, California’s highways carry nearly 35 million vehicles annually, and maintenance needs far outpace dependable funding. Caltrans uses high-tech strategies, recycling, and innovative treatments to make pavement last longer, to stretch every dollar and to preserve the environment.

As the one-time funds from the 2006 transportation bond and 2009 Recovery Act run out, the Transportation Agency is working with stakeholders to develop funding priorities and long-term funding options to address California's infrastructure needs. These are highlighted in the California Transportation Infrastructure Priorities: Vision and Interim Recommendations Report, which offers a vision for California's transportation future. A copy of the report is located here: Vision and Interim Recommendations.pdf

Here are some significant projects that will help preserve and maintain California’s existing infrastructure assets:

  • Stanislaus County: $51,602,000 – Interstate 5 (I-5) CAPM Project in various locations in Stanislaus, Merced and San Joaquin Counties.  The project will replace bridge approach slabs, add shoulder backing, rumble strips, and reconstruct, repair and overlay pavement with rubberized hot mix asphalt concrete to extend pavement service life and improve ride quality along 164 highway lane miles.
  • San Joaquin County: $31,958,000 – State Route 99 (SR-99) CAPM Project from Hammer Lane to the Sacramento County line.  Crews will reconstruct, repair and overlay existing pavement with rubberized hot mix asphalt concrete, upgrade metal beam guardrail, add pedestrian curb ramps, add shoulder backing in order to extend pavement service life and improve ride quality along 73 highway lane miles.
  • Mariposa County: $13,000,000 – SR-140 Mariposa Talus Removal near El Portal and Yosemite National Park.  The project will remove rock debris (talus) caused by a major landslide.  This is the first phase of the Ferguson Slide Restoration Project and rebuilding SR-140.
  • San Joaquin County: $3,047,000 – Extend structures service life for 13 bridges along I-5 and 205, and SR-4 and 99.  Crews will start work for the San Joaquin Bridge Maintenance Project by repaving decks, reconstructing hinges, and repairing and replacing bridge joint seals and bearing pads.
  • Merced County: $836,000 – SR-99 West Merced Overhead Landscape Project near the city of Merced.  Crews will perform landscaping work by adding trees, shrubs and placing irrigation on 11.3 acres from north of V Street to Black Rascal Creek Bridge.
  • Stanislaus County: $715,000 – SR-108 Estelle Avenue Widening Project in the city of Riverbank.  The project will widen SR-108 and construct a driveway, curb and sidewalk to accommodate pedestrians.

Please see the attached file for more information on all of the projects that received funding allocations.

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