California Department of Transportation
Date: March 27, 2015
Contact: Gilbert Mohtes-Chan
Phone: (530) 682-6145
CALIFORNIA TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION APPROVES $325.8 MILLION FOR STATEWIDE TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS
MARYSVILLE – The California Transportation Commission (CTC) has allocated $325.8 million to 142 transportation projects that will alleviate traffic delays, repair aging roads and bridges and encourage bicycling and walking. Fifty one biking and pedestrian projects throughout the state will receive $27 million in allocations from the Active Transportation Program.
"Caltrans is building transportation improvements that will benefit the state for decades to come," said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. "Not only are we working to preserve our previous investments in the state highway system, but we are investing in projects that will expand the availability of alternative, more sustainable ways of getting from point A to point B."
Active transportation projects funded include:
- El Dorado County $750,000 to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency to construct Class I bike and multi-use path on Sawmill Road off State Route 50 in the Lake Tahoe Basin.
- Sacramento County $1.6 million to the Sacramento Area Council of Governments to construct sidewalks and Class II bicycle lanes, modify traffic signals and other improvements on El Camino Avenue between Watt Avenue and Verna Way.
The newly allocated funding also includes $132 million from the State Highway Operation and Protection Program for 54 projects that will maintain and preserve the investment in the state highway system and its supporting infrastructure. These capital improvements consist of projects covering maintenance, safety improvements, pavement repair and rehabilitation and upgrades to bridges throughout the state.
"Caltrans is embracing a 'fix it first' strategy by focusing on preventative maintenance to our existing transportation infrastructure," continued Director Dougherty. "We are striving to give California's taxpayers the most bang for their buck because every $1 spent on preventative pavement maintenance translates into a savings of $6 to $14 that would have been spent on expensive pavement repairs."
The allocations also include $8.4 million from Proposition 1B, a transportation bond approved by voters in 2006. To date, more than $18 billion in Proposition 1B funds have been put to work statewide for transportation purposes. The remaining $158.4 million in allocations came from various state and federal transportation accounts.
Among the projects that received funding allocations today were:
- Improve worker safety ($2.8 million) on four state highways in and near Sacramento by paving narrow areas and gore points as well as placing mulch to control vegetation thereby reducing worker exposure to traffic.
- Reduce number and severity of collisions ($620,000) on State Routes 49 and 50 in El Dorado County by placing a thin, high-friction surface treatment on the roadway at various locations.
- Glenn County Transportation Commission was allocated $937,000 for two City of Willows projects to improve pedestrian usage of Sacramento Street and Butte Street South through sidewalk repair, implementing ADA compliant street crossings and replacement of dilapidated curbs and gutters.
- Butte County Association of Governments was allocated $2 million to construct a new regional transit facility to accommodate the B-line system and administrative staff.
For more information about all the projects that received allocations, please see the attached file.