Funds for improvements along the Route 210 Freeway in Fontana and Rancho Cucamonga have been allocated by the state thanks to the increase in the gasoline tax which was approved by the Legislature two years ago, officials said.
The $4.4 million traffic management systems project will help reduce congestion and improve operation efficiency by installing closed circuit TV cameras and a new communication conduit to connect to vehicle detection equipment.
This project will stretch from East Avenue in Rancho Cucamonga to west of Beech Avenue in Fontana, and on Interstate 15 at the 210/I-15 separation in the local area.
This is one of many projects that have been approved by the California Department of Transportation Commission (CTC) using funds generated by the gas tax, which increased 12 cents in 2017 and went up another six cents this month.
Overall in the state, more than $533 million was allocated for 120 State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP) projects, including more than $229 million for fix-it-first projects funded by SB 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.
Projects allocated SB 1 funds at the June CTC meeting will improve 11 bridges, more than 346 lane miles of pavement, upgraded 547 congestion reducing devices, and repair 155 culverts to prevent flooding on highways.
Other SB 1 funding included $20 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 $8.2 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 more that $22.9 million in SB 1 funds for 30 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 and replaced 115 bridges and paved almost 1,500 lane miles of the state highway system.
SB 1 invests approximately $5.4 billion per year to fix roads, freeways and bridges in communities across California as well as strategically investing in transit. These funds are split equally between state and local projects and will allow Caltrans to fix more that 17,000 lane miles of pavement, 500 bridges and 55,000 culverts on the state highway system by 2027.