California Department of Transportation
 

California Department of Transportation

Date: May 7, 2013
District: 3
Contact: Deanna Shoopman
Phone: (530) 632-0080

CALIFORNIA TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION APPROVES NEARLY $1 BILLION IN NEW CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS TO IMPROVE TRANSPORTATION AND DRIVE ECONOMIC GROWTH

MARYSVILLE – The state’s vast transportation system received a major infusion of cash today, as the California Transportation Commission (CTC) allocated $878 million in funding to 114 projects that will support job growth, alleviate traffic delays, and repair aging roads and bridges.  

“The benefits these projects bring are a huge boon to our economy,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty, “This investment in our transportation system creates jobs and improves the quality of life for all Californians.”

The allocations include $476 million from Proposition 1B, a 2006 voter-approved transportation bond. In total, nearly $15.5 billion in Proposition 1B funds have been put to work statewide.

“This billion-dollar investment helps preserve California’s great infrastructure of the past and put thousands of Californian’s to work building something new,” said Brian Kelly, Acting Secretary of the Business, Transportation & Housing Agency. “These investments in preservation and innovation are absolutely critical to California’s economy: In 2010, traffic congestion caused 95 million hours of delay, wasting fuel and squandering productive, economic activity.”

Highlights of the funding allocations include:

  • City of Sacramento: $1.5 million from Proposition 1B  to construct a new traffic signal and widen the ramp at State Route 99 / Elkhorn Boulevard.  This innovative project will widen the northbound off ramp at Elkhorn Boulevard Interchange and signalize the northbound ramp intersection.  Ultimately, this project will improve safety to the traveling public.
  • Sacramento County: $1 million from Proposition 1B to construct the Cosumnes River College transit station.  This project will provide installation of a station platform, ramps for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) access, lighting signage and other ancillary facilities.  This technology will improve public transit, enhance regional connectivity, improve regional air quality and alleviate traffic congestion on State Highway 99. 
  • Sacramento County: $29.9 million to rehabilitate 2 bridges at the Camellia City Viaduct also known as the WX Freeway in Sacramento.  This innovative project will rehabilitate two bridges to maintain structural integrity, reduce the risk to lives and properties.
  • Sacramento County: $1 million to the 99 Corridor Native Planting.  This project is from the San Joaquin County line to Mack Road, installation of native plants at various locations totaling 51 acres of coverage.
  • El Dorado County: $1.3 million to install a Pedestrian Overcrossing in Placerville at Coloma Street and Smith Flat Road Undercrossing.  These projects will Seismic retrofit two bridges to maintain structural integrity and reduce the risk to lives and properties during seismic events.
  • El Dorado County: $6.6 million for the water quality project from Johnson Pass Road to Incline Road near South Lake Tahoe. The construction of water quality collection and treatment facilities will enhance our streams, rivers, and lakes. The California Regional Water Quality Control Board provides guidelines for preserving our beautiful state.
  • El Dorado County: $25,000 to construct an 8 foot wide Class I bike bath in the City of Placerville from Forni Road/Lower Main Street to Ray Lawyer Drive and within the former Southern pacific Railroad right of way.  This project will offer a viable transportation alternative to bicycle commuters and recreations opportunity to pedestrians, cyclists, and equestrians by providing a safe direct route between residence and major activity centers.
  • Colusa County: $2.9 million to rehabilitate Old Highway 99w (north of Maxwell).  The project will start near Maxwell and continue to the Glenn County line.  This innovative project will extend the service life of the highway by at least 10 years.
  • Glenn County: $83,000 in the City of Willows for two projects at Sacramento Street and Butte Street reconstruction of the roadway to provide improved access to pedestrians from the street to the curb and sidewalk areas. The road slope will be improved for drainage and more favorable for bicycle traffic.  Overall the two projects will be more efficient and roads will interface better with Highway 162.
  • Butte County:  $452,000. for the City of Gridley to bring the Hazel Street
    Rehabilitation project to life. The intersection and roadway improvements will enhance pedestrian accessibility, add bicycle facilities, and create a pedestrian friendly “complete street” atmosphere in a key downtown historic location.  The project will provide surface transportation access to downtown.  Signage will target travelers on the surface transportation system, namely motor vehicle drivers, transit passengers and bicycles/pedestrians.

For information about all projects that received allocations today please see the attached file.

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