California invests $3.7 billion to continue rebuilding transportation infrastructure

The California Transportation Commission this week allocated more than $3.7 billion for projects to rebuild the state’s transportation infrastructure to enhance safety and create more convenient options for travelers.

More than $2.3 billion is from the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021, the bulk of which is going to more than 600 cities, counties and regional agencies to improve bridges, travel times and air quality; reduce planet-warming pollution; increase highway and rail safety; and provide transportation services. Nearly $169 million in funding is from Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.

“These investments will help California maintain and build a safer, more reliable and more climate-resilient transportation system,” said Caltrans Director Tony Tavares. “Commuters, bicyclists, pedestrians, and freight movers in local communities will all benefit as we continue to improve and rebuild our infrastructure.”

Projects the CTC approved in District 2 include:
Burney Falls Pavement Project (Near Burney, from 0.3 mile north of SR 299 to 1.4 miles north of Lake Britton Bridge in Shasta County): Rehabilitate pavement by grinding and overlaying with asphalt, extend turn lane, construct Maintenance Vehicle Pullout, replace guardrail and signs, and rehabilitate drainage systems. This project will extend the pavement service life and improve ride quality. This project includes $745K in SB1 funding.

Wildlife Crossing Structure Project (Near Grass Lake, from 1.4 miles north of Deer Mountain Rd to 0.6 mile north of Grass Lake Rest Area in Siskiyou County): Construct wildlife crossing and exclusionary fencing.

Greenville Corridor Two Project (Near Canyondam, at 0.4 mile south of Wolf Creek Underpass in Plumas County): This project will stabilize the upper slope by placing rock slope protection, clear debris, and place erosion control.

Remove and Replace AC Surface ELB Project (In Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou and Tehama counties at various locations): Multiple rain events between December 2022 and June 2023 has caused the pavement to fail due to the intensity and duration of storms combined with heavy flow of truck traffic. The rain infiltrated the pavement causing rapid deterioration, severe distress, and potholes throughout the region. This project will repair pavement, and place pavement markers and striping at various locations.

Surprise Valley School Safety and Community Connectivity Project (In the DAC of Cedarville, on Bonner Street from Patterson Street, to Main Street and along the north side of Highway 299 on High Street, four blocks of Main Street and Ann Street in Modoc County): Construct/replace sidewalks, implement high visibility and raised crosswalks throughout a DAC connecting students and full community to school sites, park, and essential services.

The IIJA, also known as the “Bipartisan Infrastructure Law,” is a once-in-a-generation investment in our nation’s infrastructure to improve the sustainability and resiliency of our energy, water, broadband and transportation systems. California has received more than $22.6 billion since the IIJA’s passage in November 2021.

SB 1 provides $5 billion in transportation funding annually that is shared equally between the state and local agencies. Road projects progress through construction phases more quickly based on the availability of SB 1 funds, including projects that are partially funded by SB 1.

For more information about California transportation projects funded by the IIJA and SB 1, visit RebuildingCA.ca.gov.