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New Transportation Funding Benefits Regional Projects
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Continuing the push to rebuild and maintain California’s infrastructure, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) has allocated $814 million to 135 transportation projects that will alleviate traffic delays, repair aging roads and bridges and encourage bicycling and walking. This includes 34 biking and pedestrian projects throughout the state that will receive $12.1 million in allocations from the Active Transportation Program.

“Each of these projects is an opportunity to improve safety, access and mobility for all travelers in California, whether you choose to travel via car, bike or transit,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.

The newly allocated funding also includes $732.7 million from the State Highway Operation and Protection Program for 72 “fix-it first” projects that will maintain and preserve the state highway system and its supporting infrastructure. These capital improvements consist of projects covering maintenance, pavement repair and rehabilitation, safety improvements and upgrades to bridges throughout the state.

The allocations also include: $2.1 million from Proposition 1B, a transportation bond approved by voters in 2006. To date, more than $19 billion in Proposition 1B funds have been put to work statewide for transportation purposes, $52.7 million for Traffic Congestion Relief Program projects that will relieve congestion, connect transportation systems and provide for better goods movement, the remaining $14.4 million in allocations came from various state and federal transportation accounts.

Among the regional projects that received funding allocations were:

San Joaquin County: $4,858,000 – Implement integrated Intelligent Transportation System elements on State Route 99 (SR-99) in Stockton including: ramp meters, Closed Circuit TV systems and fiber optic cable.

Merced County: $1,859,000 – Construct curb, gutter and sidewalks; install ADA ramps and Class III bike lanes in the Franklin-Beechwood Community.