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District 10 - $583 Million Allocated to Improve and Maintain California's Multimodal Transportation System

Date: July 1, 2016
District: District 10
Contact: Angela DaPrato
Phone: (209) 948-7176

STOCKTON - The California Transportation Commission (CTC) has adopted 156 projects, valued at $583 million, to support needed upkeep on California's aging roads and bridges, make upgrades to transit and rail systems and encourage use of alternative forms of transportation, including biking and walking.

"Caltrans is working to ensure every dollar counts when it comes to California's transportation infrastructure. All these investments will benefit Californians now and for decades to come."

Malcolm Dougherty, Director, Caltrans

The newly allocated funding includes $267.8 million from the State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP) for 38 "fix-it first" projects that will repair bumpy pavement, preserve roads that are in good condition from deteriorating and upgrade bridges to make them safer and stronger. Most of California's highways are more than a half-century old; carry nearly half of the nation's container freight—heavy loads that pound California's highways more than any other state; and sustained 190 billion vehicle miles travelled in 2015.

Other allocations include:

  • $169.7 million for 29 capital improvement projects both on and off the state highway system as part of the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)
  • $52 million towards 71 Active Transportation Program projects
  • $40.6 million for Transit and Intercity Rail Program projects

The allocations also include $15.5 million from Proposition 1B, a transportation bond approved by voters in 2006.To date, more than $19.1 billion in Proposition 1B funds have been put to work statewide for transportation purposes.

The remaining funding allocations came from assorted transportation accounts funded by state and federal dollars.

Among the projects that received funding allocations today were:

  • San Joaquin County: $11,656,000 – rehabilitate pavement on State Route 99 (SR-99) from the San Joaquin/ Stanislaus County line to south of SR-120 junction in Ripon. Crews will also upgrade guardrail and curb ramps to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • San Joaquin County: $2,252,000 – construct maintenance vehicle pullouts, slope paving and gore extensions at 58 locations to improve highway worker safety on SR-99 from north of Main Street to Cherokee Road in Stockton, and from north of Acampo Road to SR-12 in Lodi.
  • Calaveras County: $7,156,000 – widen SR-4 near Big Trees State Park entrance and construct retaining walls for standard shoulders and paved gutters to accommodate snow storage and sand traps. Crews will also install culverts and drainage basins.
  • Mariposa County & Calaveras County: $1,549,000 – upgrade pedestrian facilities, along SR-49 and 140 at various locations in Mariposa County, and SR-4 at Big Trees Road and Bell Road intersection in Murphys, to make compliant with ADA
  • Merced County: $1,828,000 – install left-turn lanes, widen shoulders and install drainage on SR-165 near Hilmar, south of Bradbury Road and north of Johnson Avenue. Crews will also relocate utility, and realign local road intersection.

Despite this month's allocations, the CTC has been forced to adopt a five-year state transportation funding plan cutting $754 million and delaying another $755 million in previously planned highway, rail, transit, bicycle and pedestrian project spending. These cuts are due in large part to the steady loss of gas tax revenue over the past two years because of the drop in gasoline prices. These reductions and cuts mark the largest of their kind since the current state transportation funding structure was adopted 20 years ago.

Please see the List of Projects Going Forward for CTC Allocation from the June 2016 CTC Meeting for more information about all projects that received allocations.

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