SAN DIEGOâ€”The California Transportation Commission has allocated $1.3 billion in transportation funding, including $541 million to implement Californiaâ€™s â€œfix it firstâ€ strategy for preserving and maintaining Californiaâ€™s 50,000 lane miles of highways.
â€œThis investment will help preserve Californiaâ€™s existing transportation infrastructure and implement our fix-it-first approach to the highway system,â€ said California State Transportation Agency Secretary Brian Kelly. â€œWhile there is always pressure to expand the state highway system, expansion must remain a second priority to investing in the management, preservation and efficient operation of our existing infrastructure.â€
Among the $541 million allocated, $10 million comes from the remaining Proposition 1B funds, the bond act that voters approved in 2006. Proposition 1B authorized $4.5 billion to improve performance on the state highway system and California leveraged another $4.6 billion in federal, state and local funds while recapturing cost savings during construction.
What started as a program of 54 projects programmed at $9.1 billion grew to a program of 99 projects at $11.7 billion, supporting more than 190,000 jobs and providing critical improvements to the stateâ€™s transportation system.
“This Administration has made sure every dollar counts when it comes to building Californiaâ€™s transportation infrastructure,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty, ” â€œWe are repairing aging freeways, making highways and bridges safer, and promoting bicycling and walking â€“ and, those projects support and create jobs.â€
As a result of these investments and a focus on maintenance and rehabilitation, Caltrans announced in March that the condition of the pavement on Californiaâ€™s highways is at its healthiest level in more than a decade.
Nevertheless, Californiaâ€™s highways carry nearly 35 million vehicles annually, and maintenance needs far outpace dependable funding. Caltrans uses high-tech strategies, recycling, and innovative treatments to make pavement last longer, to stretch every dollar and to preserve the environment.
As the one-time funds from the 2006 transportation bond and 2009 Recovery Act run out, the Â transportation Agency is working with stakeholders to develop funding priorities and long-term funding options to address California’s infrastructure needs