Thursday, August 11, 2011

Commission Allocates $$$ for Transportation Projects

The California Transportation Commission (the folks who decide which transportation projects get funded) today allocated $2.2 billion for 146 new projects (pdf) -- everything from installing curbs to constructing badly needed carpool lanes. A bunch of those 146 projects are in District 7 (Los Angeles and Ventura counties). Here are some of the biggest:

■ $190.2 million to rehabilitate 37 lane miles of the Long Beach Freeway (I-710) from South Gate to Monterey Park to improve safety and ride quality.

■ $131.6 million to construct high occupancy vehicle (HOV or carpool) lanes on US 101 from Mussel Shoals in Ventura County to just south of Casitas Pass Road.

■ $130 million to rehabilitate 127 lane miles of the Golden State Freeway (I-5) from Vista Del Lago Road to the Kern County Line to improve safety and ride quality.

■ $100.7 million to rehabilitate 48 lane miles of the Pomona Freeway (SR-60) from the San Gabriel River Freeway (I-605) to the Orange Freeway (SR-57) to improve safety and ride quality.

The funding for all this work included $863 million from Proposition 1B, the 2006 voter-approved transportation bond. Thank you, voters! Without you, these ambitious projects would not be possible.