The California Transportation Commission (CTC) has approved funding for more than 100 transportation projects funded entirely or partially by $690 million from SB 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.
“These projects are a just a small portion of the key improvements we need to maintain California’s critical transportation infrastructure. Throughout the state, projects like these are being completed through SB 1 investments,” said Laurie Berman, Director of Caltrans.
In total, the CTC approved over $2 billion in funding for California transportation infrastructure. Most of the projects are part of the state highway system’s ‘fix-it-first’ program that funds safety improvements, emergency repairs, highway preservation, and some improvements. While funding for this program is a mixture of federal and state funds, a significant portion comes from the Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Account created by SB 1. Caltrans will focus on repairing and rehabilitating the state highway system by improving pavement, bridges, culverts and intelligent transportation systems.
SoCal Projects Include:
- Riverside Co. I-10 Pavement Rehabilitation Project: $215.9 million project will replace and improve 133 lane miles of I-10. Allocated $215.9 million; $18.2 million from SB 1.
- Los Angeles Co. Pavement Project on I-10 & SR-1: $45.2 million pavement preservation project. Allocated $39.5 million; $3.3 million from SB 1.
- San Bernardino Co. I-10 Bridge Project: $32.4 million bridge project will revamp the Santa Ana River Bridge in Colton. Allocated $18 million; $9 million from SB 1.
- Los Angeles & Ventura Co. Intelligent Transportation System Repair & Restoration Project: $26.1 million project encompassing 18 different state highways and interstates. Allocated $17.1 million; $1.95 million from SB 1.
- Orange Co. Bridge Seismic Restoration Project: $24.2 million project will restore overcrossing bridges in the cities of Costa Mesa, Cerritos, and Irvine. Allocated more than $1 million due to SB 1.
- Los Angeles Co. Culvert Drainage Project on SR-14: $6.5 million project in Santa Clarita. Allocated $1.9 million in SB 1 funding.
- Southern California Optimized Rail Expansion: $6.5 million project will improve service patterns on the San Bernardino, Orange and Ventura lines. Allocated $3.5 million due to SB 1 from the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program.
ECA supports infrastructure investment. We advocated for the passage of SB 1, a new transportation funding source that is becoming ever more critical for California. We oppose any efforts to repeal SB 1 that would rob our communities of vital road safety and transportation improvement funds.
By Brandon Pensick, ECA President Email: [email protected]