Riverside, CA…Continuing the push to rebuild California’s infrastructure and spur job growth, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) has made new allocations totaling $152 million to 36 projects statewide. This latest round of funding drives the total amount of transportation funding allocated in 2013 beyond the $3 billion barrier.
“The billions in funding we’ve invested in transportation has kept workers on the job building better roads, bridges, rail, and transit that will benefit California for decades to come,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.
In 2013, Los Angeles received $26 million to improve the Port of Los Angeles; $20 million to widen Interstate 5 from the Orange County Line to the I-5/I-605 junction; and $28 million was distributed for the Exposition Light Rail Project between Culver City and Santa Monica.
In the Bay Area this year, $91 million in Proposition 1B funds were directed to the Doyle Drive Replacement Project, which is building a modern, seismically-safe roadway, the Presidio Parkway, south of the Golden Gate Bridge. This fall, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) received $140 million from Proposition 1A, the high-speed rail bond, to purchase 46 new rail cars that will provide new service from the BART/Caltrain Millbrae Station directly to San Francisco International Airport.
In June, $158 million was allocated to the Cajon Pass Rehabilitation Project to repave 126 lane miles on State Route 215, and nearly $47 million was reserved in October to add carpool lanes on Interstate 5 in Orange County.
Almost $97 million was previously approved this year for the State Route 4 Crosstown Freeway Extension in Stockton, and Sacramento received $38 million to repair a bridge on U.S. Highway 50 near the Sacramento River used by more than 200,000 vehicles daily.
The $152 million in new allocations includes $16 million from Proposition 1B, a 2006 voter-approved transportation bond. To date, more than $17 billion in Proposition 1B funds have been put to work statewide for transportation purposes. The remaining $136 million in new allocations came from various state and federal transportation accounts.
Highlights of the new funding allocations include:
$5.027 million for a 6.6 mile section of State Route 165 (SR-165) in Merced County. The Stevinson Rehabilitation Project will improve highway safety and extend pavement service life of SR-165, from SR-140 to just south of Westside Boulevard, and includes roadway shoulder widening, relocation of utility poles, roadway slope correction, and other pavement repairs.
$6.6 million for Northern California Maintenance Facilities servicing the intercity railcar fleet for the Capitol Corridor and San Joaquin routes. The project includes design, environmental and permits for constructing the new facility. During nightly layovers state-owned railcars will receive regular preventative maintenance or emergency repair needs. Additionally, it will serve as a location for restocking of consumable supplies and cleaning of railcars.
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