State invests $127 million in infrastructure projects


rail tankersSTOCKTON — The California Transportation Commission has approved 49 projects to maintain California’s aging roads and bridges, make upgrades to transit and rail systems and encourage use of alternative forms of transportation, including biking and walking. The projects are valued at more than $127 million.

Among the allocations is $330,000 for the Stanislaus Council of Governments for planning, programming and monitoring transportation projects in the county.

Another $23 million has been allocated the Stockton to Escalon Double Track Project, including the installation of double track on sections of BNSF track between Stockton and Escalon. It also includes engineering, civil, track, signal, siding upgrades, and grade crossing modifications in San Joaquin County.

“Caltrans is working to ensure every dollar counts when it comes to California’s transportation infrastructure,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “Although we must not forget that our state highway system’s needs still exceed what resources are currently available, all these investments will benefit Californians now and for decades to come.”

The newly allocated funding includes $47.4 million from the State Highway Operation and Protection Program for 14 “fix-it first” projects that will repair bumpy pavement, preserve roads that are in good condition, and upgrade bridges to make them safer and stronger, Caltrans said.

Most of California’s highways are more than a half-century old and carry nearly half of the nation’s container freight. According to Caltrans, those roadways saw 190 billion vehicle miles traveled in 2015.

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