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Caltrans and SANDAG Receive $215 Million in Funding from the California Transportation Commission for Projects in the San Diego Region

March 28, 2018-- Caltrans and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) received nearly $215 million in funding from the California Transportation Commission (CTC), benefiting multiple transportation projects throughout the region.

The CTC awarded nearly $160 million in State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) funding for construction activities along Interstate 5 (I-5) as part of the Build NCC program, the first phase of construction on the North Coast Corridor (NCC). The funding will be used to help advance the north- and south-bound carpool lanes from Lomas Santa Fe to State Route 78.

The extension of the carpool lanes is part of a package of Build NCC improvements that includes replacing and lengthening the San Elijo highway bridge, sound walls, a new Park & Ride/multi-use facility at the I-5 and Manchester Avenue interchange, construction of auxiliary lanes along the I-5, and restoration of the San Elijo Lagoon.

“STIP funding is essential to our continued transportation management and enhancement efforts in the I-5 corridor,” said Caltrans Interim District 11 Director Tim Gubbins. “A mix of state, federal, and local tax dollars will help us realize our region-wide commitment to bring multi-modal improvements to the region.”

The STIP is a multi-year capital improvement program for transportation projects on and off the State Highway System. As a result of the Road Repair and Accountability Act (SB 1), the California Transportation Commission has been able to add and restore funding for more than $2 billion of statewide projects in the 2018 STIP.

SANDAG and Caltrans District 11 also received:
• $30 million for final design and construction of the San Onofre to Pulgas Phase 2 double-tracking project
• $7 million for environmental studies and preliminary engineering for the Interstate 15 and State Route 78 HOV Direct Connector
• $7.9 million for the final design on the State Route 94 and State Route 125 Direct Connector
• $4.2 million for the design of auxiliary lanes on Interstate 805 from Governor Drive to State Route 52
• $5.5 for program delivery and monitoring ($5.5 million)

“This major infusion of funding -- made possible by SB 1 -- will help to advance critical improvements on some of the most traveled corridors in the San Diego region,” said SANDAG Board Vice Chair and Poway Mayor Steve Vaus. “With the new funds now available, SANDAG, in partnership with Caltrans, will continue construction of the projects for Build NCC, double-tracking the LOSSAN rail corridor, and design and environmental work on projects region-wide.”

Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, is expected to invest $54 billion over the next decade to fix roads, freeways, and bridges throughout California, as well as improve transit and safety.

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