The California Transportation Commission (CTC) this week allocated more than $3.7 billion for projects to rebuild the state’s transportation infrastructure to enhance safety and create more convenient options for travelers.
More than $2.3 billion is from the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 (IIJA), the bulk of which is going to over 600 cities, counties and regional agencies to improve bridges, travel times and air quality; reduce planet-warming pollution; increase highway and rail safety; and provide transportation services. Nearly $169 million in funding is from Senate Bill (SB) 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.
“These investments will help California maintain and build a safer, more reliable and more climate-resilient transportation system,” said Caltrans Director Tony Tavares. “Commuters, bicyclists, pedestrians, and freight movers in local communities will all benefit as we continue to improve and rebuild our infrastructure.”
District 12 (Orange County) projects the CTC approved allocations to include:
- $9.98 million, including $8.83 million in federal IIJA funding, for a project on State Route 74 (SR-74; Ortega Highway) in the City of San Juan Capistrano to close the roadway gap between Calle Entradero and Reata Road.
- $7.53 million in supplemental SB1 funding for a project on Interstate 5 (I-5) in the cities of Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo and Lake Forest to extend the second HOV lanes in both directions and replace the auxiliary lanes.
- $5.75 million in supplemental funding, including $5.1 million in federal IIJA funding, for a project on SR-133 (Laguna Canyon Road) in the city of Laguna Beach to improve safety by extending the merge lanes in the northbound and southbound directions.
- $3.83 million in SB1 funding, for a project on SR-22 in and near the cities of Santa Ana and Orange to upgrade and install new transportation management system elements, construct bicycle and pedestrian improvements, construct stormwater treatment best management practices, and reconstruct buildings at the Caltrans Orange Maintenance Station.
- $879,000 for a project on SR-74 in San Juan Capistrano to install turf reinforcing mats and double twisted wire mesh to provide erosion protection.
- $783,000 for a project on I-5, SR-55, and SR-91 in Anaheim to install new fiber optic cables, repair damaged conduits, and replace existing pull boxes with tamper-resistant pull boxes.
- $452,000 for a project on SR-22 in the city of Orange to apply high friction surface treatment at the westbound on-ramp from La Veta Avenue.
- $426,000 for a project on SR-22 in the city of Garden Grove to apply high friction surface treatment at the westbound on-ramp from Garden Grove Boulevard.
The IIJA, also known as the “Bipartisan Infrastructure Law,” is a once-in-a-generation investment in our nation’s infrastructure to improve the sustainability and resiliency of our energy, water, broadband and transportation systems. California has received more than $22.6 billion since the IIJA’s passage in November 2021.
SB 1 provides $5 billion in transportation funding annually that is shared equally between the state and local agencies. Road projects progress through construction phases more quickly based on the availability of SB 1 funds, including projects that are partially funded by SB 1.
For more information about California transportation projects funded by the IIJA and SB 1, visit RebuildingCA.ca.gov.