Caltrans Allocates $236M for 40 Projects

📅   Tue December 27, 2016 - West Edition #26



Continuing the push to rebuild and maintain California's infrastructure, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) has allocated $236 million to 40 transportation projects that will alleviate traffic delays, repair aging roads and bridges and encourage bicycling and walking.

“Allocations like those help Caltrans continue to invest in, maintain and modernize California's transportation system,” said Malcolm Dougherty, director, Caltrans. “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, take transit or ride a bicycle.”

The newly allocated funding includes $190 million from the State Highway Operation and Protection Program for 10 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 preservation work, safety improvements and upgrades to bridges throughout the state.

Also included among allocations:

• Among the $31.6 million from the Active Transportation Program that will go toward 40 bicycle and pedestrian projects throughout the state.

• $4 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.

• $1.2 million for Traffic Congestion Relief Program projects that will relieve congestion, connect transportation systems and provide for better goods movement.

• The remaining $9 million in allocations came from various state and federal transportation accounts.

Among the projects that received funding allocations were:

• Los Angeles County: $165.1 million for a pavement rehabilitation project in northern Los Angeles County in and near the city of Santa Clarita, from 0.5 mi. (.8 km) south of the Interstate 5/State Route 14 separation to 1.7 mi. (2.7 km) north of the Lake Hughes Road undercrossing.

• Los Angeles County: $3.8 million for a project in the city of Los Angeles to create pedestrian and bicycle linkage along several streets serving Menlo Avenue Elementary School and West Vernon Elementary School. The improvements will be focused within a quarter-mile of each school following the 2010 bike plan “Bicycle Friendly Streets.”

• Los Angeles County: $3.4 million for a project in the city of Los Angeles creating neighborhood-friendly pedestrian and bicycle linkages serving Dolores Huerta Elementary School, 28th Street Elementary School and Quincy Jones Elementary School.

The Commission also adopted the 2017 Active Transportation Program (ATP), Statewide and Small Urban & Rural components. The statewide component includes $131.7 million for 44 projects and $26.3 million for 10 small urban and rural projects. Together, these components represent 60 percent of available funding under the 2017 ATP. The CTC's adoption of these 2017 components is not authorization to begin work on a project, which still requires an allocation by the CTC for the project to begin work.

For more information, visit http://www.dot.ca.gov/.