SACRAMENTO – The California Transportation Commission (CTC) allocated more than $1.1 billion for a total of 133 State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP) projects throughout California, including almost $994 million for 47 fix-it-first projects funded by Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.
“This summer, motorists are seeing our crews hard at work repairing and improving our highways’ infrastructure,” said Acting Caltrans Director Bob Franzoia. “Since SB 1 was passed, Caltrans has made progress on strengthening our transportation system and this new allocation of nearly $1 billion of SB 1 funds will be used to continue to address the backlog of repairs and upgrades.”
The SB 1 funded projects will replace or improve 880 lane miles, 30 bridges, 474 congestion reducing devices, and repair 83 culverts to prevent flooding on highways.
Area projects allocated funds include:
Roadside Safety Improvements Along State Route 99 in Tulare County: $12.6 million will upgrade water, sewer and irrigation facilities along State Route 99 at the Philip S. Raine Safety Roadside Rest Area near Tipton. The project was allocated almost $1.8 million.
Safety Improvement Project on State Route 145 in Fresno County: $5.8 million will be used to construct centerline and shoulder rumble strips on State Route 145 from Interstate 5 to Church Avenue near the city of Kerman in Fresno County. The project was allocated $470,000.
Safety Improvement Project on State Route 119 in Kern County: $5.2 million will be used to construct a left turn lane on State Route 119 from north of Gardner Field Road to south of Ash Street in Taft. The project was allocated $940,000.
The CTC approved an allocation of $10.5 million in SB 1 funds for the Trade Corridor Enhancement Program, which is dedicated to projects that will improve truck corridors, border access, the freight rail systems, the capacity and efficiency of ports, and highways to better handle and move freight.
More than $33.1 million of SB 1 funding was also allocated to the Local Partnership Program (LPP) to help match investments local communities have made in their region through voter-approved transportation tax measures.
In addition, the CTC approved an allocation of almost $5.4 million in SB 1 funds for 16 locally administered Active Transportation Program (ATP) projects, which range from improving sidewalks and bicycle lanes to creating safer routes to school for children who ride their bicycles or walk to school.
SHOPP is the state highway system’s “fix-it-first” program that funds safety improvements, emergency repairs, highway preservation and operational highway upgrades. A significant portion of the funding for this program comes from SB 1.
Since SB 1 was signed into law April 2017, Caltrans has repaired or replaced 115 bridges and paved nearly 1,500 lane miles of the state highway system.
SB 1 invests approximately $5.4 billion per year to fix roads, freeways and bridges in communities across California as well as strategically investing in transit. These funds are split equally between state and local projects and will allow Caltrans to fix more than 17,000 lane miles of pavement, 500 bridges and 55,000 culverts on the state highway system by 2027.
More information and updates on these and other projects can be found on Caltrans’ social media channels: http://www.dot.ca.gov/paffairs/social-media.html.
Caltrans is committed to conducting its business in a fully transparent manner and detailing its progress to the public. For complete details on SB 1, visit http://www.rebuildingca.ca.gov/.