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More than $1.1B allocated to work on California highways

Posted at 12:03 AM, Aug 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-20 03:03:24-04

The California Transportation Commission is allocating more than $1.1 billion for 133 State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP) projects across the state.

Almost $994 million of that funding will go toward fix-it-first projects funded by Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.

SB 1 funded projects will improve or replace 880 lane miles, 474 congestion reducing devices and 83 tunnels for flooding prevention.

San Luis Obispo County will see $764,000 in project restoration funding for a landscape preservation project on US Highway 101. The project will span from north of the San Marcos Creek Bridge and north of the South San Miguel Undercrossing near Paso Robles.

Santa Barbara County will use SB 1 funding for two projects.

A bridge improvement project on State Route 1 will revamp the San Antonio Creek Bridge near Lompoc. $1.7 million in funding is allocated to the project.

A landscape preservation project on US Highway 101 will restore and enhance landscape as well as improve erosion control seed collection for a drainage system restoration project.

Since SB 1 was signed into law April 2017, Caltrans has repaired or replaced 115 bridges and paved nearly 1,500 lane miles of the state highway system.

More information on these projects can be found on the Caltrans website.