Transport Topics: Caltrans Announces $173 Million for Local Transportation Projects

February 20, 2018

February 20, 2018 
By: Eleanor Lamb 

The California Department of Transportation recently awarded a series of grants to local and regional agencies through the Road Repair Accountability Act of 2017.

The legislation — Senate Bill 1 — devotes millions for infrastructure improvements throughout the state.

Caltrans announced that it will distribute $173.4 million across 57 projects during a recent California Transportation Commission meeting. The 57 projects represent submissions from 32 agencies.

“These grants will act as matching funds for local entities that have already chosen to make their own extra investments in transportation,” Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty said in a press release issued Feb. 5. “Through SB 1, local agencies can have the funding to do their part in helping us rebuild California’s transportation infrastructure.”

The grants mark the first in a series of funds made possible through the Local Partnership Program. A provision of SB 1, this program annually sets aside $200 million for maintenance and rehabilitation projects in counties and cities that have received voter approval of taxes or that have imposed fees dedicated solely to transportation improvements.

One project supported through this round of Local Partnership Program grants is an improvement project for a portion of Interstate 5 about 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

Caltrans awarded the Orange County Transportation Authority $18.24 million to add a general purpose lane in each direction and reconstruct certain interchanges near the cities of Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo and Laguna Hills, all of which line I-5.

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