California OKs spending half a billion dollars on roads

SACRAMENTO
May 22, 2014 9:00pm
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•  Projects emphasize repairing existing highways

•  “Will help preserve California’s existing transportation infrastructure”


The California Transportation Commission has allocated $541 million to implement California’s “fix it first” strategy for preserving and maintaining California’s 50,000 lane miles of highways.

Projects in the central Valley will take more than a quarter of that total.

“This investment will help preserve California’s existing transportation infrastructure and implement our fix-it-first approach to the highway system,” said California State Transportation Agency Secretary Brian Kelly. “While 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.”

The Central Valley is to see $113,828,000 in construction. Here are the projects approved for the Valley.

• Capitol Corridor rail service: $1,305,000. Replace and upgrade certain elements of the track, signal and bridge infrastructure. The work will take place along the Capitol Corridor route, from San Jose to Auburn.

• In Riverbank (Stanislaus County) at Estelle Avenue: $715,000. Widen Highway 108 to match the existing traveled way width at Oakdale Road and Estelle Avenue.

• In Fresno (Fresno County): $1,045,000. On Highway 41, replace metal guardrail with concrete barriers, add new concrete barriers, relocate fixed objects, and upgrade curbs at six freeway ramp locations to reduce the severity of traffic collisions and reduce exposure of maintenance personnel to highway traffic.

• In Merced (Merced County): $826,000. Highway 99 from north of V Street to Black Rascal Creek Bridge, place landscaping and irrigation on 11.3 acres as mitigation for the removal of trees and oleanders during the construction of the West Merced Overhead Replacement project.

• In Mariposa County, Highway 140: $13,000,000. Near El Portal and Yosemite National Park, 0.5 mile west of South Fork Merced River, remove rock debris caused by a major landslide to expose slide’s original surface and obtain geotechnical data to determine and confirm repair strategy as the first phase of rebuilding Route 140 near Yosemite National Park.

• In San Joaquin County: $3,047,000. On Highways 4, 5, 99, and 205 at various locations, repair or replace bridge joint seals, replace bearing pads, reconstruct hinges, and repave decks at 13 bridges to extend structures’ service life.

• Near Bakersfield (Kern County): $2,653,000. Highway 58 from east of Gatson Street to Highway 43, widen shoulders and install rumble strips to reduce severity and frequency of traffic collisions and improve safety along 3.6 highway centerline miles.

• Near Arvin (Kern County): $4,113,000. Highway 223, from Old River Road to Vineland Road, widen shoulders and install rumble strips to reduce severity and frequency of traffic collisions and improve safety along 12 highway centerline miles.

• In San Joaquin County: $873,000. Highways 5 and 99 near Lodi and Manteca at various locations, placing high friction surface treatment on the pavement to reduce the severity and frequency of traffic collisions along 0.6 centerline mile.

• In and near Lodi (San Joaquin County): $31,958,000. Highway 99, from Hammer Lane to Sacramento County line, repair failed pavement areas, overlay existing pavement with rubberized hot mix asphalt concrete, upgrade metal beam guardrail, add pedestrian curb ramps, reconstruct asphalt concrete dike, and add shoulder backing in order to extend pavement service life and improve ride quality along 73 highway lane miles.

• In Merced, Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties, Interstate 5: $51,602,000. From south of Highway 140 to Tom Paine Slough near Mossdale, repair failed pavement areas, seal pavement cracks, replace bridge approach slabs, reconstruct asphalt concrete dike, add shoulder backing and rumble strips, and overlay with 0.2-foot thick layer of rubberized hot mix asphalt concrete to extend pavement service life and improve ride quality along 164 highway lane miles.

• City of Visalia (Tulare County): $1,420,000. Highway 198, Plaza Drive Interchange landscaping, from Highway 99 to Plaza Drive, and on Plaza Drive from Airport Drive to Goshen Avenue. Replacement planting.

• City of Woodlake (Tulare County): $625,000. From Lakeview Avenue to Whitney Avenue, construct street improvements including decorative sidewalk, American with Disabilities Act pedestrian ramps, trees, landscaping, irrigation, and lighted bollards.. Includes 12,000 linear feet of colored concrete sidewalk, eight curb ramps, 20 trees, and four crosswalks.

• In Bakersfield (Kern County): $398,000. Mt Vernon Avenue Median Improvements. On Mt Vernon Avenue, from Columbus Street to University Avenue, install landscaping and irrigation.

• In Bakersfield (Kern County): $248,000. Bernard Street, from Haley Street to Mt Vernon Avenue, construct sidewalks.

Among the $541 million allocated statewide, $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 state’s transportation system, the state says.

“We are repairing aging freeways, making highways and bridges safer, and promoting bicycling and walking – and, those projects support and create jobs,” says Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.


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