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Caltrans reserves $402 million for road repairs

The California Transportation Commission has set aside $402 million for 74 state highway projects throughout the state with a new bill funded by the Road Repair Accountability Act of 2017.

Caltrans said in a press release Wednesday that the bill includes $320.2 million for 29 fix-it-first projects. That includes more than 60 bridges and 244 lane miles of pavement.

Locally, this would include $180,000 for improvements at a facility in Goleta.

Officials also approved future funding consideration for a culvert replacement project on Highway 101 in Gaviota.

Another major project includes the Garrapata Creek Bridge on Highway 1 in Monterey County.

“Almost half of the SB 1 funded projects in this round of allocations are bridge projects,” said Caltrans Director Laurie Berman. “Caltrans is committed to repairing and replacing more than 500 bridges by 2027 to extend their service life.”

$100 million was also added to the emergency contracts being received to increase major damage restoration preservation following a year full of storms, flooding and wildfires.

Pablo Arauz Peña

Pablo Arauz Peña

Pablo Arauz Peña is a content producer for KSBY. He was previously a freelance reporter for two public radio affiliate stations. He has also interned for the Associated Press entertainment desk. Follow him @pabloaarauz
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