Continuing the push to rebuild and maintain California’s infrastructure, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) has today 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 made today help Caltrans continue to invest in, maintain and modernize California’s transportation system,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “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:
· $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:
A project to improve passage for salmonids at the Upp Creek Bridge on Route 101 near Willits in Mendocino County, which will replace a box culvert with a new bridge.
A permanent restoration of storm damage on Route 253 near Boonville in Mendocino County, which will add retaining walls, widen shoulders, and improve drainage near the roadway.
A new section of the Humboldt Bay Trail, a Class I Bike Path developed in partnership with Humboldt County Public Works, which will be located within the Right-of-Way of State Route 255 between Dean Avenue and Carlson Drive in the community of Manila.