More than $30 million has been approved for major road improvements on Interstate 15 in the Fontana area, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) announced on Aug. 19.
The pavement preservation project will upgrade safety devices and replace 11.5 lane miles of I-15 from south of Sierra Avenue in Fontana to Glen Helen Parkway in Devore.
This section of I-15 can be heavily congested during peak hours because of its location just south of the Cajon Pass.
The project is being funded by SB 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, which increased the gasoline tax in the state.
No details were provided regarding the days when the road work will take place.
Overall in the state, the CTC allocated more than $1.1 billion for a total of 133 State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP) projects throughout California, including almost $994 million for 47 fix-it-first projects funded by SB 1.
“This summer, motorists are seeing our crews hard at work repairing and improving our highway’s infrastructure,” said Acting Caltrans Director Bob Franzoia in a news release. “Since SB 1 was passed, Caltrans has made progress on strengthening our transportation system and this new allocation of nearly $1 billion of SB 1 funds will be used to continue to address the backlog of repairs and upgrades.”
The SB 1 funded projects will replace or improve 880 lane miles, 30 bridges, 474 congestion reducing devices, and repair 83 culverts to prevent flooding on highways.
Another major project in San Bernardino County will take place on Interstate 10, the CTC said. The $10.6 million traffic management systems project will improve the flow of traffic by installing wireless Vehicle Detection Stations (VDS) pole, Changeable Message Signs (CMS), Closed Circuit Television (CCTV), Data Node Cabinet and Fiber Optic elements along I-10 from the State Route 210 junction in Redlands to the Riverside/San Bernardino County line.
Other SB 1 funding included $10.5 million for the Trade Corridor Enhancement Program, which is dedicated to projects that will improve truck corridors, border access, the freight rail systems, the capacity and efficiency of ports, and highways to better handle and move freight.
More than $33.1 million of SB 1 funding was also allocated to the Local Partnership Program (LPP) to help match investments that local communities have made in their region through voter-approved transportation tax measures.
In addition, the CTC approved an allocation of almost $5.4 million in SB 1 funds for 16 locally administered Active Transportation Program (ATP) projects, which range from improving sidewalks and bicycle lanes to creating safer routes to school for children who ride their bicycles or walk to school.
SHOPP is the state highway system’s "fix-it-first" program that funds safety improvements, emergency repairs, highway preservation and operational highway upgrades. A significant portion of the funding for this program comes from SB 1.
Since SB 1 was signed into law in April of 2017, Caltrans has repaired or replaced 115 bridges and paved nearly 1,500 lane miles of the state highway system.
SB 1 invests about $5.4 billion per year to fix roads, freeways and bridges in communities across California as well as strategically investing in transit, the CTC said. These funds are split equally between state and local projects and will allow Caltrans to fix more than 17,000 lane miles of pavement, 500 bridges and 55,000 culverts on the state highway system by 2027.
More information and updates on these and other projects can be found on Caltrans’ social media channels: http://www.dot.ca.gov/paffairs/social-media.html. For complete details on SB 1, visit http://www.rebuildingca.ca.gov/.