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 throughout California. The legislative package invests an average of $5.4 billion annually and puts more dollars toward 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 progress

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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