Due to the imminent influx of revenue from California’s Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (SB 1), Caltrans has already been able to advance more than $5 billion in ‘fix-it-first’ transportation projects for earlier completion — and continues to add much-needed repair and improvement work to its growing list of authorized projects. Last month alone, Caltrans added 1,200 lane miles of pavement repair, 66 bridges, and 300 culverts and drainage systems to the project list to be delivered ahead of schedule thanks to SB 1.
The 90 major ‘fix-it-first’projects approved in October are worth nearly $3.4 billion and come on the heels of more than $285 million in accelerated projects announced in July, and nearly $901 million in ‘fix-it-first’ projects authorized in August.
“Years of unfunded maintenance needs have plagued our roadways, so Caltrans is expediting projects with the expectation of SB 1 funds. We are lining up projects that are going to deliver real results for all users of the state transportation system,” said Malcolm Dougherty, Director, Caltrans.
SB 1 provides $5.4 billion annually for the maintenance and rehabilitation of the state highway system and local roads, including $400 million specifically for bridges and culverts. SB 1 funds will enable Caltrans to fix more than 17,000 lane miles of pavement, 500 bridges and 55,000 culverts by 2027.
SB 1 funding allocations are positively impacting projects in several southern California counties, including:
- Riverside County — a $201.9 million preservation project will construct an eastbound truck lane, and improve shoulders, ramps and 52 lane miles along I-10.
- Los Angeles County — $135.9 million for a pavement preservation project to improve 104 lane miles of I-605.
- San Bernardino County — a $82.4 million multiple bridge and overcrossing project will increase vertical clearance for trucks to improve freight movement on I-10 and SR-60 in San Bernardino County, as well as parts of the I-10 in Riverside County.
- Santa Barbara County— $69 million to preserve, widen, and upgrade 28 lane miles of US Highway 101, and $16 million to replace the San Jose Creek Bridges on US Highway 101.
- Kern County — $31.9 million for pavement preservation and widening, and the installation of bike lanes along 18 miles of SR-184.
- San Diego County — $18.36 million for the I-805 Sweetwater River Bridge upgrade project.
- Orange County — A $10.4 million traffic management systems project will replace traffic monitoring field elements at various locations throughout Orange County’s freeway grid: on the I-5, the I-405 and seven different State Routes.