Press conference speakers and attendees included:
- Brian Kelly, secretary, California State Transportation Agency;
- Sen. Josh Newman (D-Fullerton);
- Assembly Member Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton);
- Matt Cate, executive director, California State Association of Counties;
- Hassan Ikhrata, executive director, Southern California Association of Governments;
- Michael Quigley, executive director, California Alliance for Jobs;
- Ross Chun, council member, Aliso Viejo;
- Rose Espinoza, mayor, La Habra;
- Gerard Goedhart, council member, La Palma;
- Marshall Goodman, council member, La Palma;
- Adrian Esparza, business manager, Laborers Local 652; and
- Tom Drennan, business representative, International Union of Operating Engineers.
Caltrans will repair and replace concrete dating back to the 1970s on more than 46 lane miles of State Route 57, resulting in a smoother ride, fewer potholes, reduced wear and tear on vehicles and improved visibility for Orange County residents and visitors.
This is just one of many accelerated fix-it-first projects underway across the state to improve roadways this year, before SB 1 even takes effect. Caltrans broke ground on 13 pavement projects across the state this summer and is expediting the design of an additional 50 projects that will break ground over the next year. By the end of October, Caltrans and the California Transportation Commission will have advanced more than $5 billion in “fix-it-first” projects for earlier completion because of SB 1 funding.
Over $54 billion dollars will be invested in California’s transportation system over the next 10 years and approximately half of these funds will go to local cities and counties for improvements to local transportation infrastructure.
Every day nearly a quarter of a million vehicles travel the length of this improvement project on SR-57; almost one in seven of Orange County’s population of 3.17 million. This project to fix the rough pavement on SR-57 is representative of other improvement projects statewide that will result in very real and tangible benefits to commuters, including providing a smoother ride and lower cost to driving one’s car.
A majority of the construction on this project will take place overnight and on weekends to reduce impact to motorists, with anticipated completion in summer 2018.
Caltrans looks forward to continuing its mission of providing a safe, sustainable, integrated and efficient transportation system to enhance California’s economy and livability.