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More than $1.6 billion allocated to continue work on California’s transportation system

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Posted at 10:10 PM, Aug 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-14 01:10:53-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — On Thursday, the California Transportation Commission allocated more than $1.6 billion for transportation projects throughout the state, including about $1.3 billion for State Highway Operation and Protection Program projects, Caltrans’ “fix-it-first” program aimed at preserving the condition of the State Highway System.

“Our maintenance and construction crews remain hard at work improving California’s transportation infrastructure,” said Caltrans Director Toks Omishakin. “This investment allows the department to continue making critical repairs and upgrades while also serving as an economic driver by helping create thousands of new jobs.”

The projects allocated will create an estimated 21,720 jobs.

The CTC also approved more than $126 million in funds for rail and mass transit projects, including freight, intercity rail and bus services.

The CTC also approved an allocation of nearly $14 million for 17 Active Transportation Program projects, which include bicycle and pedestrian overcrossing improvements, repair and maintenance of sidewalks and bike lanes, and creation of safer routes to school for children.