California Makes $495 Million Investment in Transportation Infrastructure

Published On: December 13, 2021

On Friday, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) allotted more than $495 million for projects aimed at repairing and enhancing transportation infrastructure throughout the state.

“This substantial investment will help improve transportation for all Californians now and in the future,” said Caltrans Director Toks Omishakin. “This includes moving toward a more climate-friendly, safe, and equitable state transportation system.”

Senate Bill (SB) 1, the Road Repair and Accountability act of 2017, accounts for $328 million (more than two-thirds) of the investment.

Some of the projects approved on December 10 include:

  • The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority ($10.2 million): Union Station Master Plan: Alameda Esplanade. Construct 14,000 of feet sidewalk, install road diet for 2,000 feet of roadway, and provide lighting for 12 intersections
  • Metro ($5.3 million): Reconnecting Union Station to the Historic Cultural Communities of DTLA. Design and construct key pedestrian and cyclist safety improvements connecting Los Angeles Street, Union Station, and El Pueblo
  • City of Bell Gardens ($200,000): Complete Streets Improvements Phase 1. Install or refresh 31 white or yellow high visibility crosswalks, four miles of Class 3 bike routes, two raised intersections, ten speed humps, twelve curbs, mini traffic circles, HAWK beacons, ADA ramps, and striping
  • Huntington Park ($50,000): Safe Routes and Childhood Obesity Project. Construct ramp improvements at 106 intersections, 4,804 lineal feet of improved sidewalks, three HAWK beacons, and pedestrian scramble to improve safety for student pedestrians in California’s most dangerous walking corridors

Visit www.RebuildingCA.ca.gov for more information about other transportation projects funded by Senate Bill 1.

About the Author: Jaivon Grant

Jaivon Grant covers energy and technology issues. He is a former journalist and political commentator with Our Weekly in Los Angeles, CA. He can be reached at jaivon at govreport.org.