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 highway’s 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 state highway projects allocated SB 1 funds include:
- Pavement Preservation Project on State Route 1 in Monterey County: $30.1 million pavement preservation project will upgrade existing guardrail and improve 69.9 lane miles of State Route 1 from the Torre Canyon Bridge near Big Sur to San Luis Avenue in the City of Carmel. The project was allocated $30.1 million.
- Bridge Improvement Project on State Route 1 in Santa Barbara County: $4.8 million bridge project will revamp the San Antonio Creek Bridge on US Highway 101 near State Route 1 near the City of Lompoc in Santa Barbara County. The project was allocated $1.7 million.
- Landscape Preservation Project on US Highway 101 in San Luis Obispo County: $1 million project will restore, enhance or preserve the landscape for the pavement project on US 101 from north of the San Marcos Creek Bridge and north of the South San Miguel Undercrossing near the City of Paso Robles in San Luis Obispo County. The project was allocated $764,000.
- Landscape Preservation Project on U.S. Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County: $230,000 project to restore, enhance or preserve the landscape and erosion control seed collection for a drainage system restoration project along US Highway 101 near Gaviota State Park in Santa Barbara County. The project was allocated $160,000.
Other SB 1 funding included $10.5 million 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 that 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: dot.ca.gov/paffairs/social-media.
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 rebuildingca.ca.gov.