$561 million to aid California infrastructure projects

The California Transportation Commission has earmarked $561 million to state and local projects.
The California Transportation Commission has earmarked $561 million to state and local projects.
The California Transportation Commission (CTC) said Friday it has earmarked $561 million in funds to 125 transportation projects dedicated to rebuilding and maintaining local and state infrastructure in California.

The funds will also be allocated to supporting and encouraging alternate transportation methods, like walking and bicycling. This will be accomplished with 32 pedestrian and biking projects across the state, which will be funded by approximately $8.5 million taken from the Active Transportation Program.

One of the projects that accepted funding include Alameda County’s Ashby Avenue, also known as State Route 13, which must be ground and overlaid with rubberized asphalt. The specific section is between the interchange at Ashby Avenue and Interstate 580.

Santa Clara County received $3,059,000 to repair the pavement and curb ramps between Foothill Expressway and Stevens Creek Boulevard on Interstate 280.

Several projects currently underway also received funding, including San Mateo’s new Safe Routes to School Program for 0.1 to 0.5 miles around all of the city’s 15 middle and elementary schools.

“At Caltrans, we are working to not only preserve our investments in the state highway system, but are also investing in projects that expand the availability bike and pedestrian access throughout the state,” California Department of Transportation Director Malcom Dougherty said. “Allocations like those made today help us to ensure the state’s transportation system will support and benefit Californians for decades to come.”

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