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July 8, 2022
Author : Patty Allen
The California Transport Commission (CTC) has allocated more than $3 billion to repair and upgrade transportation infrastructure across the state.
It includes $1.3 billion in funding from the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) to support local projects and protect local roads and bridges from extreme weather and natural disasters. More than $930 million of the overall funding comes from Senate Bill (SB) 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.
Caltrans Director Tony Tavares stated, “The CTC’s decision to invest in our state highways while protecting city and county infrastructure will help make California’s roadways safer and more resilient one shovel, one project and one community at a time.”
Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tuolumne counties are included in Caltrans District 10.
Some of the projects receiving funding in district 10 include:
$1.1 million was allocated to a project in San Joaquin County to repair structural and load-carrying flaws on the Stockton Channel Viaduct Bridge.
Approximately 20 lane miles of pavement, traffic signals, guardrails, and drainage systems will be repaired as part of a $1.8 million project in Amador County that spans from State Route 124 to Route 49.
Nearly $2.5 million was allocated to a project in Calaveras County to replace the North Fork Calaveras Creek Bridge close to San Andreas.
As per the district-wise funding allotment, District 1, Eureka, will receive financial aid for its drainage, fish-passage improvement, roadway, guardrail repair, and other improvements. With this assistance, District 2, Redding, will work on seismic retrofit, pavement rehabilitation, intersection lighting, replacing TMS elements, sidewalks, and much more.
Meanwhile, District 11, San Diego, will get funding for the State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP) and for upgrading bike, pedestrian, and active transportation plans and transit and rail infrastructure improvements. Numerous other projects across the state will get an injection of funding.
Both residents and tourists in California can feel the effects of projects supported by SB 1c and IIJA. Some of the benefits of the transportation infrastructure projects are: reduced climate impact, reduced traffic congestion, efficient movement of goods, increased safety and equity of access, safe active transportation facilities, and increased job opportunities.
SB 1 allocates $5 billion in transportation money each year, divided between state and local governments. Road projects, particularly those partially supported by SB 1, move through the construction phases more swiftly when SB 1 funds are available.
The $1.3 billion in federal-local support in 2023 is made possible by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
The law created $45 million to promote community resilience to harsh weather and natural disasters and $63 million to develop carbon reduction methods to address the climate problem.
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