October 7, 2017
By: Melissa Murphy
The Solano Transportation Authority is poised to dole out its share of funding from the 2018 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).
Wednesday, the STA board will consider approving the programming for the 2018 STIP for Solano County.
The projects on the list include:
- Jepson Parkway: $6 million to Construction Phase Segment 3 of the Jepson Parkway Project for fiscal year 2020-21 (Vacaville).
- I-80/I-680/SR 12: $9 million for plans, specifications and estimate phase of the I-80/I-680/SR 12 Interchange Package 2A for fiscal year 2018-19.
- SR 37/Mare Island: $5 million for project approval/environmental document of the SR 37 Project/Mare Island Interchange Project for fiscal year 2018-19.
- Red Legged Frog: $98,000 for the Jepson Canyon Red Legged Frog mitigation site.
- SR 12/Church Road: $1.797 million to Construction Phase of the SR 12/Church Road Project for fiscal year 2020-21.
- Planning: $762,000 for planning, programming and monitoring activities for fiscal year 2020-21 through 2022-23.
STIP is a multi-year capital improvement program of transportation projects on and off the State Highway System, funded with revenues from the State Highway Account and other sources.
The STIP, according to STA staff is composed of two sub-elements — 75 percent to the Regional Transportation Improvement Program and 25 percent to the Interregional Transportation Improvement Program. The STIP cycle is programmed every two years and covers a five-year period.
“Under normal circumstances, Solano County should average about $10 million per two-year STIP cycle in population share of STIP funds,” STA staff reported.
The passage of Senate Bill 1, according to staff, created stability to the STIP and has restored traditional STIP funding.
STA noted in the report that SR 37 is a “relatively new and evolving priority” for the STA and the three other North Bay Counties. With the SR 37 Corridor Plan wrapping up in 2018, the next step is to fund the environmental document for the priority first segment.
STA staff wants to get this project moving forward to include the Mare Island Interchange as part of the first segment which is Segment B.
Staff explained that the next phase could cost up to $30 million, the STA is looking at STIP as an “opportunity to provide matching funds to get this effort initiated and to attract other funding partners.” The $5 million allocation, recommended by staff, is envisioned to be combined with the $5 million SHOPP from the California Department of Transportation and $5 million in SB 1 Trade Corridors funds.
Staff said it will seek to advance the $5 million to fiscal year 2018-19 to “get this effort started as soon as possible.”
Additionally, the $6 million for the Jepson Parkway Project for Segment 3 in fiscal year 2020-21 would be combined with $3.3 million STIP already programmed to this particular segment, an additional $1.41 million of Surface Transportation Program (STP) funds and matching funds from the city of Vacaville. STA said this is “expected to fully fund the gap between Elmira Road and Orange Drive.”