$236 MILLION ALLOCATED TO MAINTAIN AND UPGRADE TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE
Commission Also Adopts Components for 2017 Active Transportation Program
BISHOP– 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:
$249,000 was allocated to construct curbs, gutters, sidewalks, handicap access ramps, culvert extension and driveway approaches in the unincorporated community of Mojave and Kern county. The project is located on the east side of State Route 14 beginning approximately 300 feet north of the Oak Creek Road grade separation and continuing to approximately 800 feet north of the intersection of SR 14 and Old US Highway 58.
The Commission also adopted the 2017 Active Transportation Program (ATP), Statewide and Small Urban & Rural components. The statewide component includes $131.7 million for 44 projects and $26.3 million for 10 small urban and rural projects. Together, these components represent 60 percent of available funding under the 2017 ATP. The CTC’s adoption of these 2017 components is not authorization to begin work on a project, which still require an allocation by the CTC for the project to begin work. A list of the adopted 2017 ATP Statewide and Small Urban & Rural components can be found at http://www.catc.ca.gov/meetings/agenda/2016Agenda/2016-12/yellows/Tab_20_4.8.pdf.