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Caltrans, others highlight work made possible by new transportation tax

Caltrans holds a news conference with its local partners Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Bakersfield, Calif., about the work that will be done with Senate Bill 1 funding. (KBAK/KBFX photo/Cesar Espinoza)

Caltrans and local partners held a news conference Wednesday in Bakersfield to highlight projects made possible because of a transportation tax bill signed into law in April.


Last spring, California lawmakers approved a $5-billion-a-year plan to boost gas and vehicle taxes to pay for major road repairs.

A 12-cent-per-gallon increase in the gas tax kicks in Nov. 1.

Here are the projects that will be accelerated in Kern County because of Senate Bill 1 funding, according to Caltrans:

  • $25.1 million pavement preservation project will improve 21 lane miles on Interstate 5 from south of Twisselman Road Overcrossing to the Kern/Kings County line.
  • $3.5 million project will replace damaged drainage systems at various locations along State Route 198 from west of Warthan Creek Bridge to west of Coalinga Creek Bridge in Fresno County, and at various locations along State Route 119 from west of Stine Road to Cerro Street in Kern County.
  • $7.5 million project will widen the California Aqueduct to meet standard truckload capacity.
  • $7.8 million project will lower the Interstate 5/State Route 99 Overcrossing to meet vertical clearance standards.
  • $14.2 million drainage project will repair culverts along Interstate 5 from north of Fort Tejon Overcrossing to south of Grapevine Undercrossing in Kern County.
  • $7.6 million pavement preservation project will upgrade curb ramps and improve 6.3 lane miles on State Route 46 from Magnolia Avenue to SR-43 South Junction/F Street near Wasco in Kern County.
  • $3.3 million project will repair and resurface various sections of State Route 58 west of McKittrick in Kern County with rubberized asphalt.
  • $31.9 million pavement preservation project will widen shoulders, upgrade curb ramps, install bike lanes and improve 18.5 lane miles on south of Hickory Lane to north of East Brundage Lane near Bakersfield in Kern County.
  • $12.1 million pavement preservation project will upgrade curb ramps, sidewalks, bike lanes, widen shoulders and improve 11 lane miles on State Route 184 from south of Edison Highway to SR-178 in Kern County.
  • $5.1 million pavement preservation project will improve 4.7 lane miles on State Route 204 from F Street to the SR-99/SR-204 Separation in the city of Bakersfield.
  • $10.8 million project will upgrade pumping plants at 11 locations along State Routes 99, 198 and 204 at various locations in Kern and King Counties.
  • $3.4 million project will repair and resurface various sections of State Route 99 between McFarland and Delano in Kern County and State Route 190 near Porterville in Tulare County.

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