California awards $2 billion to improve, protect transportation infrastructure

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California Construction News staff writer

The California Transportation Commission (CTC) has awarded $1.9 billion to transportation infrastructure projects focused on bridges, roadways, transit, and improved facilities, including $430 million from the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 (IIJA) and $740 million via Senate Bill (SB) 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.

Several projects prioritizing the state’s vital bridge network, highlighted by $27.6 million for the Interstate 405 improvement project in Los Angeles County, more than $4 million to repair bridge damage along Interstate 80 in Alameda County, and $600,000 to replace the Ackerman Creek Bridge in Mendocino County.

Also included are projects that will build or renovate shoreline embankments, bus, bicycle, and pedestrian infrastructure, and railroad overcrossings, including:

  • $8.1 million – Red Bluff Bridges (State Route 36 in Red Bluff (Tehama County) at various locations from East Sand Slough Bridge to Paynes Creek Slough Bridge: Bridge seismic restorations at various locations.
  • $55 million for US-101 in southern Santa Clara County at the interchange of US-101 and SR-25 to reconstruct the interchange at a location just north of the existing interchange.
  • $6.6 million for SR-17 in Los Gatos, at Santa Cruz Avenue Undercrossing No. 37-0124L (PM 6.16) and Main Street Overcrossing No. 37-0117 (PM 6.55) to replace and upgrade bridge rails to meet current Federal and State design standards.
  • $7.5 million – SR-84 In and near Fremont and Union City, from 0.3 miles north of Route 238 (Mission Boulevard) to 1.5 miles north of Palomares Road to repair slopes and wire mesh screening, reconstruct roadway, and construct a new retaining wall.
  • $8.8 million – I-580 near Livermore, at 1.0 mile east of Flynn Road to stabilize the slope, excavate, and remove the damaged retaining wall, construct a new retaining wall system, replace damaged pavement, and apply erosion control.
  • $4.2 million – I-880 in Oakland, under Route 880 along Wood Street, between West Grand Avenue and 34th Street to construct a hardened security perimeter fence, perform electrical repairs, reconstruct, and stabilize the damaged embankment slopes, and install signs.
  • $8.95 million for the expansion of WETA Ferry Service (Acquisition of New All-Electric Vessels).
  • $14.6 million for the expansion of WETA Ferry Service (Shoreside Charging Infrastructure).
  • $7.5 million for SR-1 near Timber Cove, at 1.8 miles north of Pacific View Drive to remove the landslide debris, repair slopes, install concrete canvas for slope protection, reset damaged guardrail, reconstruct pavement using sub grade enhancement fabric, and construct new retaining wall using concrete lagging.
  • $27.6 million for Interstate 405 Improvement Project from Wilshire Boulevard to Victory Boulevard on I-405. The improvements include repaving work, replacing overhead sign structures and sign panels, upgrading guardrail, and upgrading facilities to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.
  • $26.8 million  for Peninsula Corridor Electrification Expansion Project for the procurement of new electric multiple units (EMU) to increase capacity.

IIJA, known as the “Bipartisan Infrastructure Law,” is a once-in-a-generation investment in our nation’s infrastructure to improve the sustainability and resiliency of our energy, water, broadband and transportation systems. Since 2021, California has received more than $42 billion in IIJA funds, including more than $29 billion for transportation-related projects.

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