The California Transportation Commission (CTC) has authorized $690 million in funding that will allow the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to start 32 major “fix-it-first” projects.
Caltrans says the funding was made possible by the SB 1 legislation approved earlier this year that raised excise taxes on both gas and diesel.
“The needs in California are great and we are not waiting for the funding to come in,” says Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “The time to get to work is now and we are lining up the projects. SB 1 is a game changing investment for transportation in California, and Caltrans is already putting that money to work across the state.”
The projects are part of a list Caltrans gave to the CTC approved at its August meeting.
“These projects will fix pavement on highways across the state, fix and replace deficient bridges and install traffic management systems that help manage traffic and reduce congestion,” Caltrans reports. The full list of projects is available here.
These projects follow the approval of more than $285 million in accelerated existing highway repair projects announced in July.