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Funding approved for hundreds of transportation infrastructure, rail and local projects

FRESNO — Caltrans announced that the California Transportation Commission (CTC) approved funding for more than 100 transportation projects funded entirely or at least partly by $690 million from SB 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.

“These projects are a just a small portion of the key improvements we need to maintain California’s critical transportation infrastructure,” said Caltrans Director Laurie Berman. “Throughout the state, projects like these are being completed through SB 1 investments.”

The CTC also approved more than $1.3 billion in funding toward nearly 150 transportation projects for additional maintenance, improvements and construction throughout California.

Most of the projects receiving funding allocations are part of the State Highway Operations and Protection Program (SHOPP), which is the state highway system’s “fix-it-first” program that funds safety improvements, emergency repairs, highway preservation and some operational highway improvements. While funding for this program is a mixture of federal and state funds, a significant portion comes from the Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Account created by SB 1. Caltrans will focus on repairing and rehabilitating the state highway system by improving pavement, bridges, culverts and intelligent transportation systems, which are included in the performance requirements of SB 1.

Other projects include ones from the SB 1-created Solutions for Congested Corridor, Trade Corridor Enhancement and Local Partnership Programs. These vital programs tackle congestion, support valuable trade corridors and bolster local agency efforts to invest in transportation. Furthermore, the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program, which funds projects to modernize transit systems, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve safety, was allocated more than $122 million in SB 1 dollars for 11 rail and transit projects.

Area projects receiving funding include:

  • Kern 5 Lost Hills Rubber Rehabilitation Pavement Project: $25.1 million pavement preservation project that will improve 21 lane miles of Interstate 5 from south of Twisselman Road Overcrossing to the Kern/Kings County Line.

  • Tulare 201 and 216 Bridge Widening & Rail Replacement Project: $18.4 million bridge project will replace bridge rail and widen the Sand Creek Bridge and the Friant-Kern Canal Bridge on State Route 201 near the city of Kingsburg in Tulare County, and the Kaweah River Bridge on SR-216 in Tulare County.

  • Fresno 198 Culvert Rehabilitation Project: $25 million drainage project will repair and replace culverts along state Route 198 at various locations from the Monterey/Fresno County line to the Fresno/Kings County line.

  • Fresno 168 Draining & Paving Preservation CAPM Project: $25.6 million drainage and pavement preservation project will repair culverts and improve 40.2 lane miles of state Route 168 from west of Auberry Road to Kaiser Pass Road in Fresno County.

  • Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera and Tulare TMS Project: $6.1 million project will repair Transportation Management System elements at various locations in the counties of Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera and Tulare.

  • Kings 43 CAPM Pavement Project: $6.9 million pavement preservation project will improve 6.4 lane miles of state Route 43 from the Tulare/Kings County line to west of Santa Fe Avenue in the city of Corcoran in Kings County.

Originally written by Staff for The Hanford Sentinal

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