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LOS ANGELES — The California Transportation Commission has approved funding for more than 100 transportation projects funded entirely or at least partly by $690 million from SB 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, including rehab of the southbound Highway 14 offramp to Sierra Highway.

“These projects are a just a small portion of the key improvements we need to maintain California’s critical transportation infrastructure,” Caltrans Director Laurie Berman said in a statement Monday. “Throughout the state, projects like these are being completed through SB 1 investments.”

The CTC also approved more than $1.3 billion in funding toward nearly 150 transportation projects for additional maintenance, improvements and construction throughout California.

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 the Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Account created by SB 1. 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.

Other projects include ones from the SB 1-created Solutions for Congested Corridor, Trade Corridor Enhancement and Local Partnership programs. These vital programs tackle congestion, support valuable trade corridors and bolster local agency efforts to invest in transportation. Furthermore, the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program, which funds projects to modernize transit systems, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve safety, was allocated more than $122 million in SB 1 dollars for 11 rail and transit projects.

Area projects receiving funding include:

* State Road 14 Culvert Drainage Project: $6.5 million project near the southbound offramp to Sierra Highway in the city of Santa Clarita will replace a damaged drainage system that includes 17 culverts. This project was allocated $1.9 million in SB1 funding.

* Pavement Project on Interstate 10 & State Route 1 in Los Angeles County: $45.2 million pavement preservation project will upgrade guardrail, crash cushions, Americans with Disabilities Act curb ramps and improve 98.9 lane miles of Interstate 10 from State Route 1 to I-5/U.S. Highway 101 Interchange in Los Angeles County, and SR-1 from McClure Tunnel to Lincoln Boulevard in the city of Santa Monica in Los Angeles County. This project was allocated $39.5 million, $3.3 million in funding was due to SB 1.

* Los Angeles & Ventura County Intelligent Transportation System Repair & Restoration Project: On a total of 18 different state highways and interstates in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, this $26.9 million traffic management systems project will repair and rehabilitate Ramp Metering Systems and Vehicle Detection Systems to reduce maintenance needs and to improve system reliability. This project was allocated $17.2 million, $1.95 million was due to SB1.

The Road Repair and Accountability Act, aka SB 1, 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.

Caltrans is committed to conducting its business in a fully transparent manner and detailing its progress to the public.

For complete details on SB 1, visit http://www.rebuildingca.ca.gov.

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