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    January 07, 2019
    The California Transportation Commission has allocated more than $600 million in funding for hundreds of Caltrans infrastructure projects. Funding includes $80 million from Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the state’s gas tax increase that was preserved by voters last November. SB 1 invests $54 billion over the next decade to fix roads, freeways and bridges in communities across California.

    “Caltrans will focus on repairing and rehabilitating the state highway system by improving pavement, bridges, culverts, and intelligent transportation systems, which are included in the performance requirements of SB 1, to improve transportation for all of our residents and visitors,” said Caltrans Director Laurie Berman.

    More than 200 transportation projects will improve and maintain California’s current transportation system. Most of the projects are part of the state’s “fix-it-first” program, which receives a significant portion of its funding from SB 1. This program funds safety improvements, emergency repairs, and highway preservation. Other SB 1 projects help to reduce congestion and emissions, improve freight transportation, and provide funds for local government projects.

    Southern California allocations include:

    San Diego County: $60.4 million for new projects that will construct the Siempre Viva Interchange at SR-11 and begin site preparation for the CHP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility.

    Southern California Rail and Transit: $29.8 million for Intercity Rail Capital Program projects, including design work on the San Bernardino, Ventura, and Orange lines; and improvement projects in Burbank, Simi Valley and Orange County.

    Ventura County: $7.5 million to repair damage on SR-1 (Pacific Coast Highway) near Oxnard.

    Orange County: $4.7 million for median barrier upgrades on I-405 in Irvine and Costa Mesa, and $4.3 million to upgrade traffic signal equipment in the cities of Newport Beach, Huntington Beach and Seal Beach.

    San Diego County: $2.6 million for construction and upgrade projects that will enable I-5, I-15, SR-75 and SR-163 to meet Americans with Disabilities Act Standards.

    Los Angeles County: $1.4 million to install intersection improvements in the Long Beach area.

    Imperial County: $200,000 to rehabilitate six bridges at various locations on I-8 and SR- 78.

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