SLO County is getting more than $11 million for road repair projects. How will it be spent?
San Luis Obispo County will receive more than $11 million of state and federal money to upgrade Highway 46 and Highway 277, according to Caltrans.
The money comes from a $1.1 billion pot allocated by the California Transportation Commission, Caltrans said in a news release.
Of that, $10.3 million will go to various fixes to Highway 46, including rehabilitating pavement, replacing roadside signs and installing transportation management system elements, the release said.
The funding will also allow Caltrans to upgrade a stretch of the highway from Highway 101 to east of Airport Road in Paso Robles to Americans with Disabilities Act standards.
Another $810,000 will go toward repairs for roadways damaged during winter storms, Caltrans said.
This includes repairing and restoring the roadway on Highway 227 north of Corbett Canyon Road near Edna, restoring the embankment with rock slope protection on Highway 46 near Harmony and performing drainage and slope improvements on Highway 46 near South Green Valley Road, the release said.
According to the release, Santa Barbara County will get $426,000 to help with the bridge replacement project on Highway 101 near Highway 135 in Los Alamos.
Monterey County will receive $1 million for emergency projects on Highway 1 near and in Big Sur, the release said, as well as $250,000 to clear and repair damaged drainage systems and install fire and mudslide prevention on Highway 101 near Big Sur.
The California Transportation Commission got more than $533 million from the 2021 federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and more than $190 million from the 2017 state Road Repair and Accountability Act.
The federal infrastructure act is “a once-in-a-generation investment in our nation’s infrastructure to improve the sustainability and resiliency of our energy, water, broadband and transportation systems,” the release said, noting that California has already received nearly $18.5 billion since the act’s passage in November 2021.
“California and our federal partners are taking action now to create a safer, more resilient and more equitable transportation future for all Californians,” Caltrans Director Tony Tavares said in the release. “These visionary infrastructure investments are giving Caltrans the tools it needs to rebuild California.”