At the beginning of the 2006-07 fiscal year, Caltrans set a lofty goal of delivering 100 percent of its scheduled transportation projects on time. The department announced July 19 that it accomplished the goal.
All 286 projects, valued at $2.3 billion, are now at the “ready to list” stage, which is the point they are ready to attract bids from contractors.
Caltrans Director Will Kempton said the achievement sends a strong signal that the department is prepared to handle the tidal wave of new transportation projects expected as the result of voter approval in November 2006 of Proposition 1B, a $19.9 billion transportation bond.
“Caltrans is working hard to change from a transportation bureaucracy to a mobility company, and one of our biggest achievements has been to accelerate the delivery of transportation projects,” Kempton said. “Projects are going from the drawing board into actual construction faster than ever.”
Upon setting the goal of delivering the 286 projects on time, all 12 of Caltrans’ district directors had signed “Contracts for Delivery” with Kempton, pledging to meet the deadlines.
In the previous fiscal year, Caltrans came within a whisker of delivering its overall goal of 174 projects — it delivered 173, worth $2 billion.
A complete list of all 286 projects delivered in fiscal year 2006-07 can be found at www.caltrans.ca.gov.