State has nearly 47 Million in Central Valley highway repairs targeted
July 21, 2017
• Two are underway with 13 more coming up
• “This summer we will deploy construction teams across the state”
It's a case of "your tax money at work." The state’s “fast tracking” of the most needed highway repairs has nearly $47 million in repairs underway or in the pipeline, thanks to the higher gas tax.
Construction will begin this summer on 13 pavement projects across the state, two in the Central Valley. Additionally, Caltrans has expedited the design of an additional 50 projects, which will also begin construction this fiscal year.
“This summer we will deploy construction teams across the state to resurface highways, improve safety for motorists and start filling more potholes than ever before,” says Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.
Projects underway include, in the Central Valley:
• $2 million to replace damaged pavement on more than a nearly four-mile section of Highway 99 in Fresno;
• $3 million to resurface nearly 13 miles of Highway 59 near Merced.
Projects “in the pipeline” but not yet started in the Valley include:
• $2.2 million to resurface nearly three miles of Highway 70 north of Oroville with rubberized asphalt;
• $7.6 million to resurface nearly 11 miles of Highway 50 between Rancho Cordova and El Dorado Hills;
• $2.1 million to repair and resurface various sections of Interstate 5 north of Woodland in Yolo County;
• $1.4 million to resurface four miles of Highway 99 just outside Visalia in Tulare County;
• $5.2 million to repair and resurface various sections of pavement along Highway 99 in the city of Fresno;
• $3.4 million to repair and resurface various sections of Highway 99 between McFarland and Delano in Kern County and Highway 190 near Porterville in Tulare County;
• $2.4 million to repair and resurface various sections of pavement on Highway 168 near Clovis in Fresno County with rubberized asphalt
• $3.3 million to repair and resurface various sections of Highway 58 west of McKittrick in Kern County with rubberized asphalt;
• $1.3 million to repair and resurface various sections of Highway 63 near Orange Cove, Highway 145 near Westside amd Highway 180 near Kerman in Fresno County with rubberized asphalt;
• $1.8 million to resurface two miles of Highway 12 near Lodi;
• $2.4 million to repair and replace various sections of pavement of Interstate 5 from Hammer Lane in Stockton to the San Joaquin/Sacramento County line;
• $2.8 million to repair and replace various sections of pavement on Highway 152 from Los Banos to east to the Merced/Madera County line;
• $3.3 million to resurface over four miles of Highway 99 in Stockton with rubberized asphalt concrete.
Caltrans says it is expediting more than $285 million in road repairs across California months before the revenue from SB 1 even starts to accrue this fall. The road repair projects will include repairing and resurfacing hundreds of miles of highways to extend the service life of California roads. Caltrans will also improve lane-line visibility and motorist safety with new striping. The new striping will include highly reflective and durable beads, making it easier to see lane demarcations in all weather conditions. In some locations, roads will get completely repaved.
Funded by higher taxes on gasoline, SB 1 generates $54 billion over the next decade, split evenly between state and local investments, to fix transportation infrastructure across California. The $5.4 billion-a-year investment will cost most drivers less than $10 a month, the state claims.