The California Transportation Commission allocated more than $533 million for 120 State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP) projects throughout California, including more than $229 million for 42 fix-it-first projects funded by Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.
Projects allocated SB 1 funds at the June CTC meeting will improve 11 bridges, more than 346 lane miles of pavement, upgrade 547 congestion reducing devices, and repair 155 culverts to prevent flooding on highways.
Area state highway projects allocated SB 1 funds include:
- Pavement Preservation on US Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County. This $39 million pavement preservation project will improve 6.6 lane miles of US 101 north of the Padaro Lane Overcrossing near Summerland to north of Sheffield Avenue in Montecito. This project was allocated $270,000.
- US 101 Transportation Management System on Monterey County. This $3.3 million project will reduce congestion and improve operational efficiency with the installation of Changeable Message Boards, vehicle detection systems and safe areas for vehicle turnouts on US 101 from north of Airport Boulevard in Salinas to San Miguel Canyon in Prunedale. This project was allocated $2 million.
Other SB 1 funding included $20 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 $8.2 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 more than $22.9 million in SB 1 funds for 30 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 almost 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.