East County Magazine: Caltrans announces 15 local projects that will immediately benefit due to passage of SB1October 24, 2017
October 24, 2017
Caltrans has 15 fix-it-first projects in San Diego and Imperial counties that will benefit from the passage of the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act. Almost half of those projects will began much sooner than expected due to the passage of SB 1, the state’s transportation agency announced today. The list includes one East County project, fixing a dangerous curve on State Route 94 in Dulzura. Another will impact commuters from East County, including a paving improvement project on a section of State Route 52.
“Over the next decade, Californians can expect even more improvements like this as Caltrans embarks on a strategic mission to improve California’s highways, bridges and culverts,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 emphasizes accountability, ensuring all agencies receiving SB 1 funds show efficiency, accountability and performance for each dollar invested.”
SB1 represents an opportunity for Caltrans and local agencies to catch up on years of unfunded maintenance needs on our roads.
“SB 1 funding will address a backlog of repairs and upgrades, while ensuring a cleaner and more sustainable travel network for the future,” said acting Caltrans District 11 Director Cory Binns. “This investment in state transportation is definitely needed.”
District 11 will accelerate seven projects totaling more than $62 million before SB 1 takes effect include:
- A $15.2 million pavement improvement project on State Route 52 from State Route 163 to east of Santo Road.
- A $3.75 million curve realignment and shoulder widening project on State Route 94 in the community of Delzura near Marron Valley Road.
- A $18.36 million Interstate 805 (I-805) Sweetwater River Bridge Upgrade Project.
- A $4.58 million project to replace 25 Changeable Message Signs in San Diego County.
- A $8.12 million pavement improvement project on I-805 from Mira Mesa Boulevard to the end of the freeway.
- A $3 million project on Interstate 5 at the San Ysidro Port of Entry to place high friction surface treatment.
- A $9.36 million culvert rehabilitation project on I-5 from Lomas Santa Fe to just south of Tamarack Avenue.
Statewide, more than $54 billion dollars will be invested in California’s transportation system over the next 10 years, and approximately half of these funds will go to local cities and counties for improvements to our local transportation infrastructure.
Once SB 1 funds become available, eight projects in District 11 will begin including:
- Two pavement improvement projects totaling $22.3 million in Imperial County — $4.7 million for State Route 86.
- Six projects in San Diego County totaling $40.13 million include pavement improvements, concrete slab replacements and upgrade stripe delineation on interstates 5 and 15.
SB 1 will provide $400 million specifically for bridges and culverts, and will enable Caltrans to fix more than 17,000 lane miles of pavement, 500 bridges and 55,000 culverts by 2027. Caltrans will also fix 7,700 traffic operating systems, like ramp meters, traffic cameras and electronic highway message signs that help reduce highway congestion.