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A Caltrans truck. Courtesy of the agency

Caltrans announced Friday the California Transportation Commission has allocated more than $600 million in funding for hundreds of transportation projects, with almost $100 million for the San Diego area.

The funding includes $80 million from Senate Bill 1, the 12-cents-per-gallon gas tax increase that was preserved by state voters in November.

“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, no matter their mode of transportation,” said Caltrans Director Laurie Berman.

More than 200 transportation projects will improve and maintain California’s current transportation system. Most of the projects receiving funding allocations are part of the State Highway Operations and Protection Program, which is the state highway system’s “fix-it-first” program that funds safety improvements, emergency repairs, highway preservation and some operational highway improvements. While funding for this program is a mixture of federal and state funds, a significant portion comes from SB 1.

San Diego-area projects receiving funding include:

  • Siempre Viva Interchange at State Route 11 and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility in San Diego County: $60.4 million allocated for project near city of San Diego at 1.9 miles east of Sanyo Avenue Undercrossing to construct new interchange and begin site preparation design for California Highway Patrol Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility, which includes drainage and utilities. 
  • Auxiliary Lane Project on State Route 52 to Gilman Drive in city of San Diego: $7.3 million allocation for project to improve traffic flow on Interstate 5 at the State Route 52 northbound connector by decreasing delay.
  • Upgrades on Interstate 5, Interstate 15, State Route 75 and State Route 163 in San Diego County to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards: $2.6 million for project to construct and upgrade curb ramps, driveways and sidewalks at various locations on I-5, I-15, SR-75 and SR-163 to comply with ADA Standards.  
  • Auxiliary Lane Project on Interstate 5 in city of San Diego: $5.9 million allocated to project that will construct a half-mile auxiliary lane on southbound I-5 from north of La Jolla Village Drive to south of Genesee Avenue to improve traffic flow and decrease delay.
  • Bridge Rehabilitation Project on Interstate 8 and State Route 78 in Imperial County: $200,000 allocation for project to rehabilitate six bridges at various locations on Interstate 8 and State Route 78, including painting, deck repair, and column work.

Other projects are designed to reduce congestion, improve freight transportation, and provide funds for local government improvement projects. These vital programs tackle congestion, support valuable trade corridors and bolster local agency efforts to invest in transportation.

Seventeen active transportation projects to encourage walking and biking, such as new bike lanes and walking trails, were also approved for $12 million.

The Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program funds projects to modernize transit systems, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve safety were allocated nearly $32 million in SB 1 funds for four rail and transit projects.

The Road Repair and Accountability Act the landmark transportation infrastructure bill signed by Governor Brown in April 2017, invests $54 billion over the next decade to fix roads, freeways and bridges in communities across California and puts more dollars toward transit and safety. These funds will be split equally between state and local investments.