Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Rebuilding California: Caltrans accelerating Fix-It-First projects ahead of SB 1 funding

Thanks to the passage of the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, or Senate Bill 1, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is able to begin work on hundreds of projects to upgrade roads, bridges, culverts and traffic management systems across the state sooner.

Back in October, the California Transportation Commision approved 90 "fix-it-first" transportation projects worth nearly $3.4 billion.

Most of the approximately $54 billion in funding from SB 1 to bolster California's transportation infrastructure over the next decade won't arrive until January 2018, but Caltrans is already getting started on projects in anticipation of that SB 1 funding, including more than two dozen locally in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

On Oct. 25, the first SB 1 related project in Los Angeles County was completed.

The $1.65 million project resurfaced about one lane mile of State Route 57 north of the Los Angeles/Orange County line near Brea to just north of State Route 60 in Diamond Bar. The work was started nearly a year ahead of schedule.

Repairs to concrete slabs on northbound State Route 57 near State Route 60 in Diamond Bar.

Repairs to concrete slabs on southbound State Route 57 near State Route 60 in Diamond Bar.
The State Route 57 pavement restoration project was one of two that started construction over the summer. The other project is a $2.6 million pavement preservation project on Interstate 605, between Interstate 10 and Interstate 210. It is scheduled to be completed in January 2018.

I-605 pavement project is scheduled to be completed in Jan. 2018.
"SB 1 is a significant investment that allows Caltrans to address maintenance needs, and continue to make improvements to a transportation network critical for the movement of goods and 10.5 million people in Los Angeles and Ventura counties," said Caltrans District 7 Director Carrie Bowen.

In addition to the projects on State Route 57 and I-605, other accelerated projects in Los Angeles and Ventura counties scheduled for construction in spring 2018 include:

  • A $5.4 million pavement preservation project to resurface nearly 22 miles of  State Route 1 between the cities of Long Beach and Hermosa Beach.
  • A $1.7 million pavement replacement project on a 5-mile section of Interstate 5 between Interstate 605 and just north of Washington Boulevard in the Commerce/Downey/Pico Rivera area of Los Angeles County.
  • A $2.7 million project to resurface nearly three miles of State Route 14 between Newhall Avenue and Friendly Valley Parkway, and at Interstate 5/SR-14 interchange in Los Angeles County.
  • A $2.8 million pavement preservation project to resurface various sections of State Route 23 between Los Angeles Avenue and the SR-23/U.S. 101 interchange in the cities of Moorpark and Thousand Oaks. 
A pavement preservation project on I-5 is scheduled for construction in Spring 2018, three months ahead of schedule.

Section of Interstate 5 in Commerce/Downey area of Los Angeles County where work is planned in Spring 2018 to repave lanes
·        Over the next decade, Caltrans District 7 expects to receive $2.6 billion from SB 1 funding, with $2.4 billion allocated for Los Angeles County, and $227 million for Ventura County. 

SB 1 is a game changer for transportation agencies, providing funding for not just necessary repairs to state highways, but also for local streets and roads, trade corridors like routes in and out of California's ports, and traffic management systems to improve traffic flow and ease congestion.

"SB 1 will improve all modes of transportation in California," Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty said. "It is imperative that we continue to invest in projects that ensure and expand the safety and availability of multiple transportation options."

Caltrans is committed to conduting its business in a fully transparent manner and detailing its progress to the public. For complete details on SB 1, visit

Together, we can help rebuild California.