The California Transportation Commission (CTC) allocated more than $2.2 billion to repair and improve transportation infrastructure throughout the state during its August meeting. The allocation includes more than $1.6 billion in funding from the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 (IIJA) and nearly $336 million in funding from Senate Bill (SB) 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 — Plumas County is one of the beneficiaries.
“Thanks to a historic influx of federal funding and our ongoing investments powered by SB 1, California continues to make major progress in rebuilding, revitalizing and reimagining our infrastructure to support a cleaner, safer and more equitable transportation system,” said Caltrans Director Tony Tavares.
An expansive project is approved for Crescent Mills. The project extends north of Indian Falls Road to south of Hot Springs Road, also from Mill Street to just north of Mills Street and is designed to rehabilitate pavement, upgrade guardrail, replace TMS elements and signs, rehabilitate drainage systems, and construct a maintenance vehicle pullout.
Other projects approved this week include:
Modoc 139 Drainage (Near Camby just north of Howards Gulch Bridge to just south of Clear Lake Road at various locations in Modoc County): Improve drainage facilities by repairing or replacing culverts to prevent flooding and roadway damage.
Burney CAPM (Near Burney 2.5 miles east of Carberry Flat Road to just east of Burney Mtn Power Road in Shasta County): Rehabilitate pavement, upgrade guardrail, improve drainage, reconstruct sidewalks, and make curbs ADA compliant. Total IIJA amount: $17.9M
Tidy Waters (Near Douglas City, at various locations just east of Lewiston Road to just west of the Shasta County line in Trinity County): Rehabilitate culverts, develop disposal sites, and install guardrail.
Horse Gulch Curve (Near Red Bluff, 3 miles west of Salt Creek Bridge in Tehama County) Realign curve, widen shoulders, and upgrade guardrail.
Thomes Creek Bridge MTCE (Near Corning, at Thomes Creek Bridge in Tehama County): Apply polyester concrete overlay to bridge deck, replace joint seals, repair unsound concrete, and upgrade guardrail.
Dibble Creek CAPM (Near Red Bluff, from east of Salt Creek Bridge to Baker Road in Tehama County): Rehabilitate pavement, upgrade guardrail and signs, add lighting, and rehabilitate drainage systems.
SB Cottonwood Scales (Near Red Bluff from 1.8 miles north of Snively Road Overcrossing to just north of Bowman Road Overcrossing in Tehama County): Upgrade southbound Cottonwood Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility to bring the facility to current building standards and to be able to perform needed inspections and enforcement activities. Total IIJA amount: $22.8M
The CTC also adopted the 2022 California Transportation Asset Management Plan at the meeting. The plan lays out the needs and investment strategies for Caltrans and its partner agencies to maintain the state’s highway infrastructure – including pavement, bridges and other assets – over the next decade. California’s plan was the first in the nation to be certified by the Federal Highway Administration. The CTC’s adoption finalizes the plan.
SB 1 provides $5 billion in transportation funding annually that is shared equally between the state and local agencies. Road projects progress through construction phases more quickly based on the availability of SB 1 funds, including projects that are partially funded by SB 1. For more information about transportation projects funded by SB 1, visit RebuildingCA.ca.gov.