State money coming to Kern County for transportation projects

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - The California Transportation Commission on Thursday adopted 148 biking and walking projects, collectively valued at more than $430 million.

Caltrans said the allocations include projects in Kern County.

Kern Council of Governments said the local projects total more than $4 million.

-- Delano - Safety and Education for an Active Delano Community - $393,000
-- Kern County - Highland Elementary School Pedestrian Improvements - $330,000
-- Kern County - Horace Mann School Pedestrian Improvements - $372,000
-- Tehachapi - Valley Boulevard Bikeway - $1.3 million
-- Wasco - Palm Avenue Elementary School Pedestrian Improvements - $458,000
-- Wasco - Teresa Burke School and Filburn Walking Path - $1.8 million

The projects are in the state's 2014 Active Transportation Program.

"We started the Active Transportation Program to establish California as a national leader in developing bike and pedestrian facilities," California State Transportation Agency Secretary Brian Kelly said in a news release. "This program adopted today is the nation's largest state commitment to bicycling, walking and other forms of active transportation. This program will increase transportation options for all Californians while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving public health and safety."

Caltrans received about 770 applications from cities and counties across California, totaling nearly $1 billion in project requests.

The commission also allocated nearly $706 million in funding to 125 transportation projects that will "improve and maintain the state's vital transportation system," according to Caltrans.

In Kern County, nearly $48 million will be spent on Interstate 5 near Lost Hills, between Lerdo Avenue and State Route 46. Officials will replace the outside truck lane with continuous reinforced concrete pavement, rehabilitate shoulders and roadway, and upgrade metal beam guardrail to improve safety, ride quality and future maintenance cost along 42 lane miles of interstate, according to Caltrans.