District 6 - $244 Million in New Transportation Funding Allocated for State's Infrastructure System
Date: October 21, 2016
District: District 6
Contact: Christian Lukens
Phone: (559) 444-2409
FRESNO - The California Transportation Commission (CTC) $244 million in new funding to 71 projects that will improve highways, bridges and passenger rail and help develop more active transportation options. These allocations included $18.5 million from the Active Transportation Program that will go toward 29 bicycle and pedestrian projects throughout the state.
"Investing in our infrastructure benefits Californians for generations to come and these projects will improve mobility and expand choices for all users of the transportation system, whether they choose to travel by car, take transit or ride a bicycle."
The newly allocated funding includes $87.4 million from the State Highway Operation and Protection Program for 18 projects that will preserve and protect the state highway system. These capital improvements include transportation safety projects, pavement repair and preservation work and upgrades to bridges throughout the state.
Also included among allocations:
- Nearly $30 million for Transit and Intercity Rail Program projects which seek to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, expand rail service to increase ridership, integrate various rail and bus systems and improve rail safety.
- $18 million for Traffic Congestion Relief Program projects that will relieve congestion, connect transportation systems and provide for better goods movement.
- $15.8 million from Proposition 1B, a transportation bond approved by voters in 2006.To date, more than $19.2 billion in Proposition 1B funds have been put to work statewide for transportation purposes.
- The remaining $74 million in allocations came from various state and federal transportation accounts.
Highlights of the funding allocations include:
- Fresno County: Nearly $35 million for an expansion of State Route 180 from 2 lanes to 4 lanes through Centerville and Minkler.
- Fresno County: $1.6 million for a replacement of the Kings River Overflow Bridge to upgrade bridge load capacity.
Please see the October 2016 List of CTC Allocations for more information about all projects that received allocations.
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