California Department of Transportation
 

California Department of Transportation

Date: May 29, 2015
District: 5 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Contact: Jim Shivers or Colin Jones
Phone: (805) 549-3237 or (805) 549-3189

NEARLY $223 MILLION IN NEW TRANSPORTATION FUNDING
APPROVED FOR STATE’S TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Continuing the push to rebuild and maintain California's infrastructure, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) has allocated nearly $223 million to 108 transportation projects that will alleviate traffic delays, repair aging roads and bridges and encourage bicycling and walking.

Thirty seven biking and pedestrian projects throughout the state will receive $10.3 million in allocations from the Active Transportation Program.

"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, bike or transit."

Active transportation projects funded include:

Monterey County:  The Monterey County Transportation Agency (TAMC) will receive $379,000 allowing all cities along the Salinas Valley to work together to support infrastructure improvements including new sidewalks, bicycle lanes, multi-use paths and ramps compliant with the American with Disabilities Act.

Monterey County: The City of Monterey will receive $841,000 to install bike lanes on North Fremont Street between Casa Verde and State Route 218, a new sidewalk connection and American with Disabilities compliant improvements to five intersections.  This project will increase mobility for those not using a motor vehicle.

Santa Barbara County:  The City of Lompoc will receive $39,000 to construct sidewalk and curb ramps along various routes to school. These improvements will provide permanent, safe and continuous sidewalks for school children which are separated from vehicles.

The newly allocated funding also includes $167.2 million from the State Highway Operation and Protection Program for 41 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 rehabilitation, safety improvements and upgrades to bridges throughout the state.

"Preventative maintenance is the most cost-effective means of protecting the state's infrastructure investment," continued Director Dougherty. "We adopted a 'fix it first' strategy because for every $1 spent on preventative maintenance, we can save taxpayers up to $14 in monies that would have been spent on more expensive and extensive repairs."

The allocations also include $2.2 million from Proposition 1B, a transportation bond approved by voters in 2006. To date, more than $18 billion in Proposition 1B funds have been put to work statewide for transportation purposes. The remaining $43 million in allocations came from various state and federal transportation accounts.

Among the projects that received funding allocations today were:

Monterey County: The city of Monterey will receive $7.4 million for improvements to State Route 1 from the Sloat Avenue Undercrossing to the south Marina Overhead. This funding will help extend the service life of the pavement and improve the ride quality of 36.2 lanes miles and 18 on and off-ramps by grinding and paving. Seventeen curb ramps will also be reconstructed to meet the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Monterey/Santa Cruz Counties: $1 million will be used on State Routes 1, 9, 68 and 218 to construct 74 curb ramps, extend sidewalks and install signal pedestrian push-buttons to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Please see the attached file for more information about all projects that received allocations.

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