Caltrans says funding generated from California’s recently increased gas tax and vehicle fees through Senate Bill 1 has worked to expedite the planned repair of 1,200 miles of road and 66 bridges, including some local projects.

“Years of unfunded maintenance needs have plagued our roadways; Caltrans is expediting projects with the expectation of SB 1 funds coming in November,” Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty said in a statement last week. “We are lining up projects that are going to deliver real results for all users of the state transportation system.”

Two Humboldt County projects are among the 90 planned projects which collectively are worth about $3.4 billion, according to Caltrans. A nearly $6.2 million project seeks to replace culverts along U.S. Highway 101 from north of Redwood Drive to near Garberville as well as in Mendocino County between Confusion Hill and Piercy. Another $8.7 million project also seeks to replace culverts along state Route 299 from Blue Lake east to Boise Creek Campground near Willow Creek.

“Because these projects were accelerated it means they’ll be going out to bid soon,” Caltrans District 1 Public Information Officer Myles Cochrane wrote in an email to the Times-Standard. “They’ll likely go into construction sometime next year.”

Will Houston can be reached at 707-441-0504.

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