California Department of Transportation
Date: March 21, 2014
Contact: Pamela Runge
Phone: (559) 488-4067
$334 MILLION ALLOCATED FOR TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS THAT ENHANCE THE QUALITY OF LIFE AND SUPPORT JOB GROWTH
$165 million will upgrade bridges, repair rough pavement,
and keep pavement in good condition from deteriorating
FRESNO – Californians will be driving on smoother roads, safer bridges, and enjoying the benefits of enhanced transit thanks to $334 million in new funding allocated to 53 projects by the California Transportation Commission.
The allocations include approximately $165 million to repair bumpy pavement, preserve roads that are in good condition from worsening, and upgrade bridges to make them safer and stronger. Most of California’s highways are more than a half-century old, and they carry nearly half of the nation’s container freight – heavy loads that pound our highways more than any other state.
“To get the most bang for the buck for taxpayers, Caltrans targets dollars where they are most effective - pavement preservation,” Dougherty said. “Every $1 spent on preventive pavement maintenance saves Californians $11 that would have been spent on future pavement repairs.”
Currently, 84 percent, or 42,000 lane miles of California highways are in good operating condition. Caltrans’ goal is to reach 90 percent by 2023, which is a challenge as funding is declining and highways are aging. In 2013, Caltrans repaired 76,808 potholes on the Golden State’s 50,000 highway lane miles. This was down nearly 100,000 potholes from a few years prior due to Caltrans’ repaving efforts.
The allocations also include $64 million from Proposition 1B, a transportation bond approved by voters in 2006. To date, more than $17 billion in Proposition 1B funds have been put to work statewide for transportation purposes.
The remaining funding allocations came from assorted transportation accounts funded by state and federal dollars.
Some of the projects that received funding support include:
- An allocation of $249,000 for Hillard Street Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements in Taft. This project will construct 1600 feet of landscaped bike and pedestrian path, improve ride quality, and decrease bike commute time. Funding recipient Kern County Council of Governments
Please see the attached file for more information about all projects that received allocations.
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