Landmark Transportation Investment
Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, was signed into law by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on April 28, 2017. It is a landmark transportation investment to rebuild California by fixing roads, freeways, and bridges in communities across California. The legislative package invests $54 billion over the next decade and puts more dollars towards transit and safety.
SB 1 provides the first significant, stable, and ongoing increase in state transportation funding in over two decades. It allows local agencies and Caltrans to fix California’s roads and bridges, reduce traffic delays, improve goods movement, and increase options for transit, intercity rail, and active transportation. SB 1 increases funding for California’s transportation system by an average of $5.4 billion annually, split between state and local investments.
Measuring progressin four core areas
Lane miles rehabilitated to date
Culverts repaired or replaced in linear feet to date
Bridges repaired to date
Transportation Management Systems repaired or replaced to date
Four asset classes – pavement, bridges, culverts, and transportation management systems (TMS) – are targeted for improvement through the use of SB 1 funds because they represent a significant portion of California’s annual transportation investments. Additionally, they are critical assets for public safety.
Applying a ’fix it first‘ philosophy, Caltrans seeks to repair and keep in good working order the state's assets to strengthen stewardship, which minimizes long-term costs. These activities may include rehabilitation, maintenance, application of protective coatings or systems, restoration, and replacement.
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