California commits $2.6B to multimodal transportation projects
State Route 70
State highway, local road, active transportation, transit, and intercity rail improvements will receive STIP funding over five years. The program will support existing projects and more than 30 new projects including high-occupancy vehicle and express lanes, commuter and intercity rail, interchange improvements, local road reconstruction and rehabilitation, bridge replacements, bicycle and pedestrian transportation improvements, zero-emission bus purchases, and more.
Widening State Route 70 passing lanes in Yuba County is one project that will receive STIP funding. The existing two-lane highway will be expanded to four lanes with a continuous two-way turning lane. Butte County requested $15 million for the $85 million Segment 4 and $21 million for the $65 million Segment 5.
The commission also announced calls for new transportation projects that meet criteria of three programs, totaling $2.4 billion in funding.
More than $1.4 billion is available from the 2020 Trade Corridor Enhancement Program for infrastructure improvements on specified trade corridors and other corridors with high-volume freight movement. The 2020 Local Partnership Program has $600 million available for projects by cities, counties, districts, and regional transportation agencies that have passed tax referendums or assessed fees solely for transportation improvements. Projects that will increase the use of active modes of transportation, such as biking and walking, are eligible for 2021 Active Program funding that totals $446 million.