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SB 1 Funds Accelerate Caltrans’ Highway Repair Program

Karl Nielsen

Adapted from a Caltrans release.

Caltrans today identified more than 120 highway maintenance projects around the state to be undertaken through June 2019 with new funding from the Senate Bill 1 transportation financing package approved last year by the state Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The roughly $400 million fix-it list includes more than $42 million for 16 Bay Area projects in Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara and Solano counties:

  • Visibility improvements and stripe-widening along Interstate 580 between Castro Valley and Pleasanton, Interstate 680 between San Ramon and Walnut Creek, and State Route 85 in Santa Clara County;
  • Pavement projects on:
    • U.S. 101 between State Route 152 in Gilroy and Cochrane Road in Morgan Hill;
    • State Route 9 between Skyline Blvd. in Los Gatos and Sanborn Road in Saratoga;
    • State Route 37 between Sonoma Blvd. and Interstate 80 in Vallejo;
    • Niles Canyon Road (State Route 84) between Fremont and Sunol;
    • State Route 87 between Capitol Expressway and Curtner Avenue in San Jose;
    • State Route 92 between Clawiter Road and Hesperian Blvd. in Hayward; and
    • State Route 152 between the Santa Cruz County line and Gilroy;
  • Culvert repairs and replacements along State Route 113 in Dixon;
  • Bridge and overpass upgrades along U.S. 101 between Gilroy and Mountain View, State Route 17 in Campbell, and State Route 87 and The Alameda in San Jose; and
  • Bridge and overpass upgrades along Interstate 80 between Fairfield and Dixon, Interstate 505 in Vacaville, State Route 12 in Suisun City, State Route 113 between Dixon and State Route 12, and State Route 128 in rural Solano County.

“Without the funds from SB 1, some of these projects would be postponed, costing taxpayers a lot more money down the road,” said Caltrans Director Laurie Berman. “It would be like putting Band-Aids on our roads and bridges instead of the long-term repair and repaving projects provided by SB 1.”

Around the state, SB 1 funding since last fall has allowed Caltrans to complete 42 highway maintenance projects in which the agency replaced more than 600 lane-miles of pavement and improved 33 bridges. By the end of 2018, Caltrans expects to improve an additional 178 bridges and repair or replace 1,200 more lane-miles of highway pavement.

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