California Department of Transportation
Date: May 29, 2015
Contact: Bob Haus
Phone: (510) 286-5576
NEARLY $223 MILLION IN NEW TRANSPORTATION FUNDING
APPROVED FOR STATE’S TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM
Oakland –Continuing the push to rebuild and maintain California's infrastructure, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) has allocated nearly $223 million to 108 transportation projects that will alleviate traffic delays, repair aging roads and bridges and encourage bicycling and walking.
Thirty seven biking and pedestrian projects throughout the state will receive nearly $10.3 million in allocations from the Active Transportation Program.
"Allocations like those made today help Caltrans continue to invest in, maintain and modernize California's transportation system," said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. "Each of these projects is an opportunity to improve safety, access and mobility for all travelers in California, whether you choose to travel via car, bike or transit."
The newly allocated funding also includes $167.2 million from the State Highway Operation and Protection Program for 41 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, pavement repair and rehabilitation, safety improvements and upgrades to bridges throughout the state.
"Preventive maintenance is the most cost-effective means of protecting the state's infrastructure investment," continued Director Dougherty. "We adopted a 'fix it first' strategy because for every $1 spent on preventive maintenance, we can save taxpayers up to $14 in monies that would have been spent on more expensive and extensive repairs."
The allocations also include $2.2 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 $43 million in allocations came from various state and federal transportation accounts.
Among the projects that received funding allocations today were:
Alameda County: $2,307,000 for improvements and upgrades to the San Leandro Bay Bridge on State Highway 61. Tasks will include spot blasting and painting the steel members of the movable truss bridge system, upgrades to the mechanical and electrical systems, replacement of the steel gates, and improve the bicycle bridge hydraulic system.
Sonoma County: $1,290,000 for pavement repair and resurfacing fourteen miles of State Highway 1 from the Marin/Sonoma County line to .8 mile north of Bay Hill Road near Bodega Bay.San Mateo County: $1,100,000 to pave several roadside areas and construct maintenance vehicle pullouts and access gates on U.S. Route 101, in order to improve the safety of maintenance workers and the traveling public.
Please see the attached file for more information about all projects that received allocations.