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District 6: Nearly $3.4 Billion in Transportation Projects to Be Accelerated



90 Projects Have Timeline Bumped Up Thanks to Anticipated Funding by SB 1

Date: October 20, 2017
District: District 6
Contact: Christian Lukens
Phone: (559) 444-2409
Contact: Tamie McGowen
Phone: (916) 657-5060

SACRAMENTO — Caltrans added nearly 1,200 lane miles of pavement repair and 66 bridges to its growing list of projects to be delivered sooner than planned thanks to the imminent influx of revenue from the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (SB 1), the transportation funding and reform package passed in April. To date, Caltrans has now expedited nearly $5 billion in "fix-it-first" projects since the spring.

"Years of unfunded maintenance needs have plagued our roadways, so Caltrans is expediting projects with the expectation of SB 1 funds coming in November. We are lining up projects that are going to deliver real results for all users of the state transportation system."

Malcolm Dougherty, Director, Caltrans

This latest approval of 90 major "fix-it-first" transportation projects, worth nearly $3.4 billion, are part of a list Caltrans submitted to the California Transportation Commission (Commission) that was voted on at the Commission's October meeting.

Improvements to be made by these projects include:

  • improving or replacing 66 bridges
  • rehabilitating nearly 1,200 lane miles of pavement on highways across the state
  • repairing more than 300 culverts and drainage systems
  • and installing nearly 2,400 elements that are part of traffic management systems that help manage traffic and reduce congestion.

Among the projects that received funding allocations were:

District 6 CTC Funding Allocations October 2017

  • $20.4 million for upgrades to traffic monitoring elements and network along State Routes 41, 99, 168 and 180 in the city of Fresno.
  • $8.1 million for pavement preservation and improvement of 14.6 lane miles on State Route 168 from Sample Road to Oak Creek Road near the town of Prather in Fresno County.
  • $25.1 million for pavement preservation and improvement of 21 lane miles on Interstate 5 from Twisselman Road Overcrossing to the Kern/Kings county line.
  • $14.2 million for drainage and culvert repairs along Interstate 5 from north of Fort Tejon Overcrossing to south of Grapevine Undercrossing in Kern County.
  • $7.6 million for curb ramp upgrades, pavement preservation and improvement of 6.3 lane miles on State Route 46 from Magnolia Avenue to F Street near Wasco in Kern County.
  • $31.9 million for pavement preservation, shoulder widening, upgraded curb ramps and installation of bike lanes along 18.5 miles of State Route 184 from Hickory Lane to East Brundage Lane near Bakersfield in Kern County.
  • $12.1 million for pavement preservation, upgraded curb ramps, sidewalks, bike lanes and shoulder widening along 11 lane miles on State Route 184 from south of Edison Highway to State Route 178 in Kern County.
  • $5.1 million for pavement preservation and improvements to 4.7 lane miles on State Route 204 from F Street to State Route 99 in the city of Bakersfield.
  • $33.3 million for replacement of the Stratford Kings River Bridge on State Route 41 from 22nd Street to Laurel Avenue in Kings County.
  • $36.4 million for replacement of the Cotton Creek Bridge and the Avenue 12 Overcrossing on State Route 99 in Madera County.
  • $6.6 million to revamp the South Gateway Drive Overcrossing on State Route 99 in Madera County.
  • $18.7 million for replacement of the Yokohl Creek Bridge and the Kaweah River Bridge on State Route 245 in Tulare County, and shoulder widening on the new bridges for bike lanes.

The projects authorized today come on the heels of more than $285 million in accelerated existing highway repair projects announced earlier in July, and nearly $901 million in "fix-it-first" projects in August.

SB 1 provides an ongoing funding increase of approximately $1.8 billion annually for the maintenance and rehabilitation of the state highway system, including $400 million specifically for bridges and culverts. SB 1 funds will enable Caltrans to fix more than 17,000 lane miles of pavement, 500 bridges and 55,000 culverts by 2027. Caltrans will also fix 7,700 traffic operating systems, like ramp meters, traffic cameras and electric highway message boards that help reduce highway congestion.

Caltrans is committed to conducting its business in a fully transparent manner and detailing its progress to the public. For complete details on SB 1 visit http://www.rebuildingca.ca.gov/.

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