Friday, September 4, 2015

Proposition 1B: Promises Made, Promises Kept

Back in 2006, California voters approved Proposition 1B, a bond measure that funded projects to relieve congestion, improve goods movement, improve air quality, and enhance the safety and security of the transportation system. (More info here.)

The Prop 1B program was designed to deliver vital transportation benefits throughout California over the course of a decade, and as it turns out, that’s exactly what it did. Caltrans, the California Transportation Commission (CTC), and local partners worked together to deliver the program’s promise to Californians — so says a new report on Prop 1B just released by the CTC, Proposition 1B: Promises Made, Promises Kept. Here are some of the report's key findings:

Low Administration Costs: 98 cents of every dollar went to projects; only 2 cents to project administration.

Job Creation: The expenditure of Proposition 1B bond funds came at a critical time, creating more than 650,000 jobs statewide at a time when jobs were most needed during the 2008 recession.

Billions in Cost Savings: The state benefited from a strong competitive bidding environment resulting in $2 billion in project cost savings.

Of the hundreds of projects that were completed on time and on budget with funding from Prop 1B, many were here in District 7, such as:

  • Addition of high occupancy vehicle and mixed flow lanes on I-5.
  • Replacement of the Gerald Desmond Bridge.
  • Addition of a northbound carpool lane for 10 miles on I-405.
  • Reconstruction of US 101 interchanges in Ventura County.
  • Los Angeles County - I-5 Truck Climbing Lanes Project.
  • Los Angeles County - SR 710 Long Life Pavement Rehabilitation Project.
See all the Prop 1B-funded projects and read the entire report here.