FRESNO — The California Transportation Commission (CTC) allocated more than $3 billion today to repair and improve transportation infrastructure throughout the state, including $1.3 billion in funding from the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to support local projects and to protect local roads and bridges from extreme weather and natural disasters.
Senate Bill (SB) 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, accounts for more than $930 million of the total funding.
“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,” said Caltrans Director Tony Tavares.
Projects approved this week include:
⦁ Roadway Construction Project on State Route 41 in Fresno County: $16.5 million project on State Route 41 in Fresno, from the northbound Ashlan Avenue on-ramp to the northbound Shaw Avenue off-ramp, will construct a northbound auxiliary lane, add an additional lane to the Shaw Avenue off-ramp, and extend the turn pockets at the end of the Shaw Avenue off-ramp to reduce congestion and improve highway operations and mobility.
⦁ Culvert Repair Project on State Route 178 in Kern County: $6 million project will repair, replace, and/or clean culverts to facilitate drainage and prevent damage to the highway system near Bakersfield, from 2.4 miles east of Miramonte Drive to Vista Grande Drive.
⦁ Curb Ramp and Signal Upgrade Project on State Route 204 in Kern County: $4.5 million project will upgrade curb ramps and Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS) to current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards in Bakersfield from Route 204/58 Separation to L Street.
⦁ Curb Ramp Upgrade Project on State Route 58 in Kern County: $1.6 million project will upgrade curb ramps to current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards in Bakersfield at the H Street on-ramp and off-ramp on State Route 58.
⦁ Bridge Deck Preservation Project on Interstate 5 in Fresno County: $1.5 million project will apply polyester concrete overlay to bridge decks near Huron at Arroyo Pasajero Bridge.
The $1.3 billion federal local assistance allocation in fiscal year 2023 is thanks to programs that were created or expanded under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, also referred to as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
Caltrans oversees funds that are available to more than 600 cities, counties, and regional agencies for the purpose of improving their transportation infrastructure and services.
Funding from new programs that were created by the law includes $45 million to build community resilience in the face of extreme weather and natural disasters and $63 million to help develop carbon reduction strategies that address the climate crisis.
SB 1 provides $5 billion in annual transportation funding annually that is split between the state and local agencies. Road projects progress through construction phases more quickly based on the availability of SB 1 funds, including projects that are partially funded by SB 1.
For more information about transportation projects funded by SB 1, visit rebuildingca.ca.gov.