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July 2022:

California Highways Route by Route PodcastThis update covers the remainder of May that wasn't covered in the April update, plus June and July. This took a bit longer, because I've also been working on getting our new podcast, California Highways: Route by Route up and running. You can visit the podcast's forever home at https://www.caroutebyroute.org/ , or the show's page on anchor.fm. A full sample episode and the first full episode (covering the history of California Highways through 1920) are already up. The next episode will be up shortly after these updates. Subscribe to the podcast in your favorite podcasting app or by using the RSS feed. Just search for "California Highways" and look for our logo. The podcast is a joint effort between me and Tom Fearer of Gribblenation. Our plan is to include interviews in each episode. Episode 1.01 includes an interview with Adam Prince on the Good Roads movement, and episode 1.02 will feature Joel Windmiller of the Lincoln Highway Association on the initial set of US highways in California. We're looking for interviews for the remaining set of Season 1 episodes, as indicated. If you've got a lead on a speaker, please let me know.

Updates were made to the following highways, based on my reading of the (virtual) papers in May, June, and July 2022 (which are posted to the roadgeeking category at the "Observations Along The Road" and to the California Highways Facebook group) as well as any backed up email changes. I also reviewed the the AAroads forum (Ꜳ). This resulted in changes on the following routes, with credit as indicated [my research(ℱ), contributions of information or leads (via direct mail or ꜲRoads) from Gary Ansok(2), Concrete Bob(3), Gretl Davis(4), Paul DeRocco (pderocco)(5), Tom Fearer(6), Andy Field(7), Richard Lyon(8), Glen Norman(9), Plutonic Panda(10), Chris Sampang(11): Route 1(ℱ), Route 4(ℱ), I-5(ℱ), I-10(ℱ), Route 11(ℱ), Route 12(ℱ), Route 17(ℱ), Route 25(ℱ), Route 29(ℱ), Route 33(6), Route 35(ℱ), Route 37(ℱ), Route 41(ℱ), Route 55(ℱ), Route 58(7), Route 59(ℱ), US 66(6), Route 71(11), LRN 77(ℱ), LRN 78(ℱ), I-80(ℱ,4), US 80(6), Route 83(6), Route 90(6), Route 98(ℱ), Route 99(ℱ,6), US 101(ℱ,6), Route 120(ℱ), Route 125(ℱ), Route 140(ℱ), Route 148(3), Route 156(ℱ), Route 162(ℱ), Route 190(ℱ), Route 194(6),  I-205(ℱ), Route 206(6), Route 209(6), Route 212(6), Route 221(ℱ), Route 228(6), Route 236(ℱ), Route 262(9), Route 275(ℱ), Route 330(6), US 395(ℱ,5), Route 480(ℱ,6),  I-680(ℱ), I-710(ℱ,6,10), Route 905(ℱ), County Sign Route E9(8), County Sign Route G2(2).
(Source: private email, Highway headline posts through the July Headline post, AARoads through July 25, 2022)

Added a link to a crowdsourced map on the El Camino Real Bells. H/T to J. Scott Hayden for the link.

Reviewed the Pending Legislation page, based on the California Legislature site. As usual, I recommend to every Californian that they visit the legislative website regularly and see what their legis-critters are doing. As many people are unfamiliar with how the legislature operates (and why there are so many "non-substantive changes" and "gut and amend" bills), I've added the legislative calendar to the end of the Pending Legislation page. The following bills made it out of the process:

Reviewed the online agenda of the California Coastal Commission. I reviewed the June and July agendas for the Coastal Commission meetings. The following items were of interest:

I checked California Transportation Commission page for the results of the May and June 2022 meetings of the California Transportation Commission. As always, note that I tend not to track items that do not impact these pages — i.e., pavement rehabilitation or replacement, landscaping, drainage, culverts, roadside facilities, charging stations, or other things that do not impact the routing or history, unless they are really significant. As such, the following items were of interest:

[ Note: ° indicates items that were below the level of detail for updating the specific route pages; is an indicator used to keep track of what has been added to the pages; indicates the results from the meeting, if the meeting minutes were available. ]

2.1a. STIP/SHOPP Program/Project Amendments

(May) (1) SHOPP Amendments for Approval: Request to:
(Related Items under Ref. 2.5b.(1), 2.5b.(2), and 2.5b.(4))

Of these, the following projects/allocation were at the level of interest for the highway pages (general, these are significant new structures or changes, as opposed to repair or rehabilitation in place; additions of bike paths, pedestrian, or complete street elements; or non-visible changes). A lot of the January updates were dealing with recovery from the major fires, and damage from people experiencing homelessness, and road and bridge restoration — none of which rise to the level of interest for the highway pages. “” indicates phase not programmed.

(Jun) (1) SHOPP Amendments for Approval: Request to:
(Related Items under Ref. 2.5b.(1) and 2.5b.(2))

Of these, the following projects/allocation were at the level of interest for the highway pages (general, these are significant new structures or changes, as opposed to repair or rehabilitation in place; additions of bike paths, pedestrian, or complete street elements; or non-visible changes). A lot of the January updates were dealing with recovery from the major fires, and damage from people experiencing homelessness, and road and bridge restoration — none of which rise to the level of interest for the highway pages. “” indicates phase not programmed.

2.1b. STIP Program/Project Amendments/Approvals for Notice

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

2.1c. TCIF Baseline Amendments

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

2.1s. TCEP Baseline Amendments

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

2.2a. Submittal of Notice of Preparation for Comments

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

2.2b. Submittal of Notice of Documents Available for Comment (DEIRs)

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

2.2c. Approval of Projects for New Public Road Connection / Future Consideration of Funding

(May) (1) Approval of Projects for Future Consideration of Funding: (° indicates items that were below the level of detail for updating the specific route pages)

(May) (3) Approval of Project for Future Consideration of Funding: 03-PLA-028 8.9/9.5, 03-PLA-267 9.7/9.898. Kings Beach Western Approach Project. Construct a roundabout at the intersection of Route 28 and Route 267. (MND) (PPNO 5403) (ATP)
(Related Item under Ref. 2.5w.(4))

(May) (5) Approval of Project for Future Consideration of Funding: 04-SM-101 4.6/6.5, 04-SM-84 25.3/25.721. US 101 / Route 84 Project. Widen the interchange and other improvements (ND) (PPNO 0692K) (STIP)

(May) (8) Approval of Projects for Future Consideration of Funding: 04-Ala-880, PM 30.47/31.61; 04-Ala-260, PM R0.78/R1.90. Oakland Alameda Access Project. Improve connectivity and accessibility between Alameda and I-880 by way of Route 260 in Alameda County.  (FEIR) (PPNO 0044D) (STIP)

(Jun) (1) Approval of Projects for Future Consideration of Funding: (° indicates items that were below the level of detail for updating the specific route pages)

2.3a. Route Adoptions

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

2.3b. New Public Road Connection

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

2.3c. Relinquishments

(May) Three Relinquishment Resolutions:

  1. 04-Ala-880-PM 24.7/25.5. Right of way along I-880 on Coral Road, Jones Avenue, Hegenberger Road, and Edgewater Drive, in the city of Oakland.
  2. 06-Ker-46-PM 57.6. Right of way along Route 46, west of Route 99, in the county of Kern.
  3. 10-SJ-99-PM 7.4/11.9. Right of way along Route 99 on Lathrop Road, in the county of San Joaquin.

(Jun) (1) One Relinquishment Resolution: 06-Fre-41-PM 33.4. Right of way along Route 41 from 0.1 mile south of the City limit to the City of Fresno/County of Madera limit, in the city of Fresno.

(Jun) (2) One Relinquishment Resolutions: 07-LA-710-PM T30.9/R32.5. Right of way along Route 710 between Columbia Street and Union Street, in the city of Pasadena.
(Related Items under Ref. 2.5b.(6) and 2.8a.(16))

2.3d. Vacations

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

2.5a Minor Projects

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

2.5b. Financial Allocations for SHOPP Projects / Federal Discretionary Grant Funds

(May) (1) Request $153,872,000 for  27 SHOPP projects (construction / construction support phases).
(Related Items under Ref. 2.1a.(1))

Of these, the following were of interest for the highway pages:

(May) (2) Request of $73,246,000 for 66 2022 SHOPP preconstruction project phases for design and R/W support. (2a - SHOPP Support; 2b - SHOPP SB1 Support)
(Related Items under Ref. 2.1a.(1), 2.2c.(9) and 4.12)

Of these, the following were of interest for the highway pages:

(May) (3) Request of $197,536,000 for 129 2022 SHOPP preconstruction project phases for environmental support. This didn't result in any page changes, simply because the agenda item didn't provide sufficient information, listing projects only by PPNO (which would be difficult to reference back). It noted that "The attached list describes 129 SHOPP phases totaling $197,536,000 for PA&ED costs that
are ready for allocation.  These are new 2022 SHOPP projects adopted at the March Commission meeting.  All requested allocations are for the amount programmed at time of adoption.  Project descriptions can be found in the 2022 SHOPP in the following link: https://dot.ca.gov/-/media/dot-media/programs/financial-programming/documents/20220329-2022-shopp-document-final.pdf"

(May) (4) Request of $98,551,000 $61,691,000 for two SHOPP projects the SHOPP project in the city of Sacramento, from north of B Street Underpass to north of Exposition Boulevard Overcrossing, in Sacramento County. (PPNO 6402C). 03-Sac-51 2.0/3.5 Route 51 (Business Route 80) In the city of Sacramento, from north of B Street Underpass to north of Exposition Boulevard Overcrossing at the American River Bridge № 24-0003 and Cal Expo Undercrossing № 24-0133.  Outcome/Output: Early Work Package № 3 for Construction Manager/General Contractor (CMGC) parent project EA 3F070.  Construct the foundation for widening American River Bridge. CON ENG $7,500,000 CONST $54,191,000.
(Related Item under Ref. 2.1a.(1))

(Jun) (1) Request $351,551,000 for 37 SHOPP projects.(construction / construction support phases).
(Related Item under Ref. 2.1a.(1))

Of these, the following were of interest for the highway pages:

(Jun) (2) Request of $294,829,000 for 205 2022 SHOPP preconstruction project phases for environmental support, design and R/W support. The (2b) items this month had a lot of roadway and bridge rehabilitation and upgrades for ADA standards (not a surprise for SB1 actions); such updates are not of interest to the highway pages.
(Related Items under Ref. 2.1a.(1) and 2.2c.(1))

Of these, the following were of interest for the highway pages:

(Jun) (3) Request of $5,233,000 for the SHOPP project in the city of Los Angeles, near the neighborhood of Encino, at the Encino Pedestrian Overcrossing № 53-1289, in Los Angeles County (07-LA-101 20.0), programmed in FY 2022-23. (PPNO 4915)

(Jun) (5) Request of $36,660,000 for the SHOPP project on Route 70 near Paradise, from 0.8 mile west to 0.2 mile east of Shady Rest Area, in Butte County. (PPNO 2293; 03-But-70 46.0/47.0)

(Jun) (6) Request of $5,000,000 for the SHOPP project on Route 710 In Pasadena, from Columbia Street to Union Street, in Los Angeles County. (PPNO 5964)
(Related Items under Ref. 2.3c.(2) and 2.8a.(16))

2.5c Financial Allocations for STIP Projects

(May) (2) Request of $12,754,000 for two locally-administered projects, on the State Highway System:

(Jun) (2) Request of $54,475,000 for two locally-administered STIP projects, on the State Highway System. Of these, the following were of interest for the highway pages:

2.5d Allocations for Projects with Costs that Exceed 20 Percent of the Programmed Amount

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

2.5e Supplemental Fund Allocations

(May) (3) Request for an additional $2,276,000 (48.0 percent increase) in Construction Capital for the SHOPP Safety Improvements project on Route 49, in Placer County.  (EA 1H240, PPNO 4785)

(May) (5) Request for an additional $1,160,000 (43.0 percent increase) in Construction Support for Construction Completion, for the SHOPP Bridge Rehabilitation project on US 101, in Marin County.  (EA 4G820, PPNO 0350H) 

(May) (6) Request for an additional $14,732,000 (30.1 percent increase) in Construction Capital for the STIP San Benito Route 156 Improvement Project, in San Benito County.  (EA 34490, PPNO 0297)

(Jun) (1) Request for an additional $21,889,000 (33.8 percent increase) in Construction Capital for the SHOPP Bridge Rehabilitation project on US 101, in Del Norte County.  (EA 43640, PPNO 0100V)

2.5f Financial Allocations for SHOPP

(May) Informational Reports on Allocations Under Delegated Authority

Of these, the following were of interest for the highway pages:

(Jun) Informational Reports on Allocations Under Delegated Authority

No project reached the level of interest for the highway pages.

2.5g Prop 1B Project Allocations

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

2.5s Senate Bill 1 Programs Project Allocations Local Partnership Program (LPP) Allocations

(Jun) (1) Request of $3,500,000 for the State-Administered LPP (Formulaic) US 101 Marin Sonoma Narrows (MSN) Contract B7 project (04-Mrn-101 20.8/27.3), on the State Highway System, in Marin County. 

(Jun) (6) Request of $17,932,000 for the State-Administered multi-funded TCEP/STIP Capital Region Freight – I-80 project, on the State Highway System, in Placer County, programmed in FY 2022-23. (PPNO 5101A) 

(Jun) (7) Request of $266,232,000 for two locally-administered TCEP projects, on the State Highway System:

2.5t Traffic Congestion Relief Program (TCRP) Allocations

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

2.5w Active Transportation Program (ATP) Allocations

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

2.6g Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) Allocations

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

4. TCIF and Aeronautic Program Updates / Policy Matters

(May) 21 4.14 Advance 2022 Trade Corridor Enhancement Program Adoption for two projects (04-Sol-80 14.8/16.5 PPNO 8273C; 08-SBd-10, PM 0.0/R37.0 PPNO 3019M) seeking Federal Infrastructure for Rebuilding America Funds

Other Matters/Public Comment

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

FREQUENTLY USED TERMS IN CTC MINUTES: California Transportation Commission (Commission or CTC), California Department of Transportation (Department or Caltrans), Regional Improvement Program (RIP), Interregional Improvement Program (IIP), State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP), Traffic Congestion Relief Program (TCRP), Public Transportation Account (PTA), Clean Air and Transportation Improvement Act of 1990 (Proposition 116), High Speed Passenger Train Bond Program (Proposition 1A), Highway Safety, Traffic Reduction, Air Quality, and Port Security Bond Act of 2006 (Proposition 1B), Corridor Mobility Improvement Account (CMIA), State Route 99 Bond Program (RTE or SR 99), Local Bridge Seismic Retrofit Account (LBSRA), Trade Corridors Improvement Fund (TCIF), Highway-Railroad Crossing Safety Account (HRCSA), State-Local Partnership Program (SLPP), Traffic Light Synchronization Program (TLSP), Letter of No Prejudice (LONP), Environmental Phase (PA&ED), Design Phase (PS&E), Right of Way (R/W), Fiscal Year (FY), Active Transportation Program (ATP), Intercity Rail (ICR), California Aid to Airports Program (CAAP), Acquisition & Development (A&D), Transit and Inter-City Rail Capital Program (TIRCP), Transportation Facilities Account (TFA), Trade Corridor Enhancement Program (TCEP), Local Partnership Program (LPP), Local Streets and Roads Program (LSRP), Solutions for Congested Corridors Program (SCCP).

April 2022:

The original plan was for this update to cover March and April. It stretched mostly into May, due to a variety of factors: a number of backed up theatre reviews, an entire weekend lost to writing my detailed sample ballot analysis, and various caregiving and (of lately) non-COVID health issues. Alas, some of those are still ongoing. What did you say? I couldn't hear you. Sigh.

One major delaying factor was the podcast. Yes, Tom Fearer and I have started a new podcast series that we're calling "California Highways: Route by Route". It will be a joint production of California Highways and Gribblenation. The eventual plan is to have one or more episodes for each numbered highway in the state (just like I do on this site), combining the information here such as legislative changes, highway history, naming history, and major projects with the extensive historical research Tom has done in the archives, and on his trips on the road. The first season will be background, going through the history of California Highways in a broad sense, explaining highway numbering and naming, and explaining the governance and regulatory processes and organizations that bring us highways. The second season will start with the highways proper, with multiple episodes devoted to long or significant route (for example, it looks like Season 2 will focus on Route 1 and Route 2, and there will be entire seasons on Route 99 and US 101. I expect this to be a retirement project for me—I've plotted out all the highways, and it looks like there will be at least 35 seasons (12 or so episodes a season, with initially an episode monthly)! Right now, a teaser episode is up and we'll be putting up a full sample episode by early June, as I get more familiar with the audio editing tools. late June or July will bring the first real episode. So watch for "California Highways: Route by Route" on our anchor.fm site; at its forever home at the California Highways: Route by Route website, or in all the traditional podcast venues (and it better be, as I use the namesake device—an iPod Classic—to listen to my podcasts (no streaming here)).

Updates were made to the following highways, based on my reading of the (virtual) papers in March and April 2022 (which are posted to the roadgeeking category at the "Observations Along The Road" and to the California Highways Facebook group) as well as any backed up email changes. I also reviewed the the AAroads forum (Ꜳ). This resulted in changes on the following routes, with credit as indicated [my research(ℱ), contributions of information or leads (via direct mail or ꜲRoads) from ConcreteBob(2), Tom Fearer(3), Cameron Kaiser(4), kernals12(5), Plutonic Panda(6), rschen7754(7), Dale Sanderson(8): Route 1(ℱ), Route 4(ℱ), I-5(3), Route 7(3), I-10(6), Route 19(3), Route 20(ℱ), Route 25(ℱ), Route 26(ℱ,3), Route 33(3), Route 38(3), US 40(3), Route 41(ℱ), LRN 43(3), Route 46(ℱ), Route 47(ℱ,3), US 50(ℱ), Route 58(ℱ), Route 60(3,4), Route 67(ℱ),  Route 70(3), Route 76(ℱ,3), Route 78(3,7), I-80(ℱ),  Route 86(ℱ), Route 99(ℱ,3), US 101(ℱ), Route 103(ℱ,3), Route 107(3), I-110(ℱ,3), Route 111(ℱ), Route 126(5), Route 135(ℱ), Route 145(ℱ), Route 148 (Capitol Southeast Connector)(2), Route 152(ℱ), Route 164(3), Route 187(3), Route 188(3), Route 213(3), LRN 231(ℱ,3), Route 243(3), US 466(8), I-710(ℱ).
(Source: private email, Highway headline posts through the April Headline post, AARoads through May 27, 2022)

Update the state highway numbering page based on observations from Tom Fearer. Put in a new header logo, courtesy of the graphic skills of J. Scott Hayden, moderator of the California Roads, Signs, and Maps: A Collection of Old & New Facebook Group.

Added a link to Gribblenation's Oahu Highways page. As a reminder: If you have a regional page (state, country), please let me know so I can add it to the links directory. Yes, this is old-fashioned in these days of search engines, but it still does serve to increase the visibility and ranking of all sites.

Reviewed the Pending Legislation page, based on the California Legislature site. As usual, I recommend to every Californian that they visit the legislative website regularly and see what their legis-critters are doing. As many people are unfamiliar with how the legislature operates (and why there are so many "non-substantive changes" and "gut and amend" bills), I've added the legislative calendar to the end of the Pending Legislation page. No bills were passed during this review period (although one naming resolution, SCR 39, was sent to the Governor). A number of Assembly Bills had their non-substantial contents replaced with something substantial—most notable was a bill that will authorize relinquishment of Route 107 in Redondo Beach. Also notable was a new resolution to remove the designation of the Christopher Columbus Transcontinental Highway (including removal of all signs).

Reviewed the online agenda of the California Coastal Commission. I reviewed the March, April, and May agendas for the Coastal Commission meetings. No actions rose to the level of Highway Page significance.

As the March 2022 CTC approved the newest iteration of the SHOPP and the STIP, after processing the CTC agenda items, I went through the SHOPP and STIP to ensure that any new items that rose to the level of interest were captured in the pages. From the SHOPP, updates were made to: Route 4, Route 14, Route 24, Route 49, Route 96, Route 99, Route 110, and Route 246. The updates to the STIP give a lot less detail (for example, there are no postmiles nor detailed descriptions of the changes)—you're lucky to get a title, county, route, and project number. Based on what I could figure out from the STIP, updates were made to I-10, Route 57, US 395, I-680. Note that a number of line items appeared to reference a postmile, but never indicated the route. My guess is that the STIP items will eventually make their way into the SHOPP (especially as they have PPNOs).

I checked California Transportation Commission page for the results of the March and April 2022 meetings of the California Transportation Commission (although April was a one-day meeting and had no items of interest as the focus was rail and transit). As always, note that I tend not to track items that do not impact these pages — i.e., pavement rehabilitation or replacement, landscaping, drainage, culverts, roadside facilities, charging stations, or other things that do not impact the routing or history, unless they are really significant. As such, the following items were of interest:

[ Note: ° indicates items that were below the level of detail for updating the specific route pages; is an indicator used to keep track of what has been added to the pages; indicates the results from the meeting, if the meeting minutes were available. ]

2.1a. STIP/SHOPP Program/Project Amendments

(1) SHOPP Amendments for Approval: Request to:
(Related Items under Ref. 2.5b.(1) and 2.5b.(2))

Of these, the following projects/allocation were at the level of interest for the highway pages (general, these are significant new structures or changes, as opposed to repair or rehabilitation in place; additions of bike paths, pedestrian, or complete street elements; or non-visible changes). A lot of the January updates were dealing with recovery from the major fires, and damage from people experiencing homelessness, and road and bridge restoration — none of which rise to the level of interest for the highway pages.

2.1b. STIP Program/Project Amendments/Approvals for Notice

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

2.1c. TCIF Baseline Amendments

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

2.1s. TCEP Baseline Amendments

(1) TCEP Project Amendment: The Department proposes to amend the Cycle 2 Trade Corridor Enhancement Program for the I-680/ Route 4 Interchange Improvements – Phases 1 and 2A Project, in Contra Costa County, to Include Phase 4 scope to the request originally approved in May 2021. (PPNO 0298F)

2.2a. Submittal of Notice of Preparation for Comments

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

2.2b. Submittal of Notice of Documents Available for Comment (DEIRs)

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

2.2c. Approval of Projects for New Public Road Connection / Future Consideration of Funding

(1) Approval of Projects for Future Consideration of Funding: (° indicates items that were below the level of detail for updating the specific route pages)

(Mar) (9)/(Apr) (1) Approval of Project for Future Consideration of Funding: 01-Men-01, PM 51.3/52.1.  Jack Peters Creek Bridge Project. Widen bridge and replace rail on Route 1 in Mendocino County. (MND) (PPNO 4682) (SHOPP)

2.3a. Route Adoptions

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

2.3b. New Public Road Connection

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

2.3c. Relinquishments

One Relinquishment Resolution: 06-Fre-180-PM R64.44. Right of way along Route 180 on Armstrong Avenue, in the city of Fresno.

2.3d. Vacations

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

2.5a Minor Projects

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

2.5b. Financial Allocations for SHOPP Projects / Federal Discretionary Grant Funds

(1) Request $134,501,000 $137,161,000 for 18 SHOPP projects (construction / construction support phases).
(Related Items under Ref. 2.1a.(1) and 2.5c.(1))

Of these, the following were of interest for the highway pages:

(2) Request of $64,082,000 for 70 2020 SHOPP preconstruction project phases for design and R/W. (2a - SHOPP Support; 2b - SHOPP SB1 Support).
(Related Items under Ref. 2.1a.(1), 2.2c.(1), and 2.2c.(9))

Of these, the following were of interest for the highway pages (for the (2b) items, there was a lot of culvert repair and polyester concrete overlays this month—none of which are of at the level of interest for the highway pages):

2.5c Financial Allocations for STIP Projects

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

2.5d Allocations for Projects with Costs that Exceed 20 Percent of the Programmed Amount

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

2.5e Supplemental Fund Allocations

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

2.5f Financial Allocations for SHOPP

Informational Reports on Allocations Under Delegated Authority

Of these, the following were of interest for the highway pages:

2.5g Prop 1B Project Allocations

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

2.5s Senate Bill 1 Programs Project Allocations Local Partnership Program (LPP) Allocations

(5) Request of $68,177,000 for the locally-administered multi-funded TCEP/STIP Route 71/Route 91 Interchange EB-NB Connector project, on the State Highway System, in Riverside County, programmed in FY 2022-23. (PPNO 0077G)

(9) Local Partnership Program (LPP) (Formulaic) Allocation Amendment: Request to amend LPP-A-2122-01 to revise the Expenditure Authorization (EA) and the Project ID (ProjID) number for the locally-administered LPP (Formulaic) I-5 Improvement from I-405 to Yale Avenue, Segment 1 project, on the State Highway System, in Orange County. There is no change to the original allocation amount. (PPNO 2743)

2.5t Traffic Congestion Relief Program (TCRP) Allocations

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

2.5w Active Transportation Program (ATP) Allocations

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

2.6g Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) Allocations

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

4. TCIF and Aeronautic Program Updates / Policy Matters

4.3 Innovations in Transportation: Implementing Highways to Boulevards. The presentation here contained the following interesting information:

The mid-Twentieth Century saw a major expansion of transportation infrastructure in the United States, aided by an influx of federal funding that prioritized highway construction and suburban development. New highways, frequently constructed through predominately Black and brown neighborhoods, were designed to meet the needs of primarily white, suburban commuters. Low-income communities and communities of color continue to experience legacies of past transportation decisions that physically divide communities, contribute to racial segregation, and disproportionately expose residents to negative environmental and health
impacts.

Today, certain urban highways have reached the end of their lifespans, which has provided an opportunity for some jurisdictions to reconsider their utility. According to the Congress for the New Urbanism, the Highways to Boulevards movement “seeks to replace aging highways that damage communities with assets like city streets, housing, and green space.” […]

In August 2021, the Commission solicited potential Highways to Boulevards Conversion project concepts from Regional Transportation Planning Agencies though its 2022 State Transportation Improvement Program guidelines. In December 2021, the Commission received a list of regionally identified highway and intercity rail needs as well as 17 possible Highways to Boulevards conversion projects that is available on the Commission website at: https://catc.ca.gov/-/media/ctc-media/documents/programs/stip/2022-stip/hwy-intercity-rail-needs-hwys-to-blvds-convers-revised-020222-a11y.pdf. Additionally, the Commission’s 2022 State Transportation Improvement Program guidelines require Caltrans to include a discussion of a possible Highways to Boulevard Pilot Program for the 2024 program cycle.

In January 2022, Governor Newsom proposed in the Fiscal Year 2022-23 state budget to allocate $150 million to Caltrans for a Highways to Boulevards Pilot Program. This new pilot program would be developed with guidance from the California State Transportation Agency and in consultation with the following three state agencies: the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Strategic Growth Council, and the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. The program would provide competitive planning and implementation grants to local entities for the conversion or transformation of underutilized highways to benefit residents of underserved communities. The draft trailer bill language outlines the proposed program: https://esd.dof.ca.gov/trailer-bill/public/trailerBill/pdf/545. If included in the final state budget, this funding would support the advancement of the Climate Action Plan for Transportation Infrastructure Strategy 7.3 “Explore a ‘Highways to Boulevards’ Conversion Pilot Program.” More information on Strategy 7.3 is available here: https://calsta.ca.gov/-/media/calsta-media/documents/capti-july-2021-a11y.pdf.

The linked trailer bill notes:

(a) The Reconnecting Communities: Highways to Boulevards Pilot Program is hereby established, to be administered by the department, with guidance from the agency, and consultation with the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Strategic Growth Council, and the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, to provide funding, upon appropriation by the Legislature, for the purpose of awarding competitive grants to local and regional public agencies and other eligible entities, in partnership with the local Caltrans district, for planning or implementing the conversion or transformation of key underutilized highways in the state into multi-modal corridors that serve residents of underserved communities by developing complete streets, creating open space or parks, supporting affordable housing development, or other community oriented infrastructure. […]

(e) Eligible project types for implementation include, but are not limited to:

(1) Conversion or capping of an access-controlled state operated transportation route to increase access for bicycles, pedestrians, and transit.

(2) Conversion of a conventional state highway serving as a main street into a multimodal surface street that allows for bicycle, pedestrian, and transit access.

(3) A project that significantly enhances multi-modal connectivity along or across a state highway without conversion or capping

(4) Implementation of early action plans developed under subsection (f)

Note that this language does not appear to be in a current bill being worked upon by the legislature. From the Proposed 2022 STIP, the following are potential Highways to Boulevards Conversion Projects:

4.24 Adoption of the SHOPP Guidelines

4.25 Adoption of the 2022 State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP). This resulted in amendments to the SHOPP; the amendments to the following routes rose to the interest of the highway pages: Route 1, Route 51 (BR 80), Route 99, I-80, US 101, I-805.

4.31. Presentation of the 2022 State Transportation Improvement Program Staff Recommendations

4.32. Adoption of the 2022 State Transportation Improvement Program

Other Matters/Public Comment

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

FREQUENTLY USED TERMS IN CTC MINUTES: California Transportation Commission (Commission or CTC), California Department of Transportation (Department or Caltrans), Regional Improvement Program (RIP), Interregional Improvement Program (IIP), State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP), Traffic Congestion Relief Program (TCRP), Public Transportation Account (PTA), Clean Air and Transportation Improvement Act of 1990 (Proposition 116), High Speed Passenger Train Bond Program (Proposition 1A), Highway Safety, Traffic Reduction, Air Quality, and Port Security Bond Act of 2006 (Proposition 1B), Corridor Mobility Improvement Account (CMIA), State Route 99 Bond Program (RTE or SR 99), Local Bridge Seismic Retrofit Account (LBSRA), Trade Corridors Improvement Fund (TCIF), Highway-Railroad Crossing Safety Account (HRCSA), State-Local Partnership Program (SLPP), Traffic Light Synchronization Program (TLSP), Letter of No Prejudice (LONP), Environmental Phase (PA&ED), Design Phase (PS&E), Right of Way (R/W), Fiscal Year (FY), Active Transportation Program (ATP), Intercity Rail (ICR), California Aid to Airports Program (CAAP), Acquisition & Development (A&D), Transit and Inter-City Rail Capital Program (TIRCP), Transportation Facilities Account (TFA), Trade Corridor Enhancement Program (TCEP), Local Partnership Program (LPP), Local Streets and Roads Program (LSRP), Solutions for Congested Corridors Program (SCCP).

February 2022:

And with the flip of a calendar page, we're in a new year. Hopefully 2022 will see the COVID numbers continue to decline, continuing infections go down, and our moving into an endemic vs a pandemic phase. We will eventually get this to a level where we can live with it, and it will be like a seasonal flu: fatal for some, a serious illness for others, mild for still others, and some will be resistant. As always, you can do your part to help us return to the new normal, when we can get out on the road again: do what you can do to stop the spread of the disease (wear masks, get vaccinated), and stay home when you don't feel well or have been around folks that might have been contagious. I know this sounds like a broken record each update, but I'm tired of dealing with this from the last two years. I'm doing my part—with your help, perhaps we can get past this.

Beyond that, 2022 has started out really busy: We're understaffed at work and the customer wants more (and we're looking for good folks, so if you see something of interest let me know and I might be able to refer you in). My wife is still recovering from her fall in November, and I'm still acting as a caregiver. We still have the occasional theatre. But I'm taking some time to get these updates done for you. So let's begin, shall we?

Updates were made to the following highways, based on my reading of the (virtual) papers in January and February 2022 (which are posted to the roadgeeking category at the "Observations Along The Road" and to the California Highways Facebook group) as well as any backed up email changes. I also reviewed the the AAroads forum (Ꜳ). This resulted in changes on the following routes, with credit as indicated [my research(ℱ), contributions of information or leads (via direct mail or ꜲRoads) from GaryA(2), Nathan Edgars (NE2)(3), Tom Fearer(4), Great Lakes Roads(5), Tike Narry(6), SeriesE(7)]: Route 1(ℱ,4), Route 2(ℱ), I-5(ℱ), US 6(3), Route 12(ℱ), Route 17(ℱ), Route 19(4), Route 22(4), Route 32(ℱ), Route 35(ℱ),  Route 37(ℱ), Route 39(4), US 40(4), Route 42(4), Route 47(3), US 66(4), Route 67(4), Route 75(ℱ), Route 78(ℱ), I-80(ℱ,4), Route 89(ℱ), US 91(4), Route 99(ℱ,4), US 101(ℱ), US 101A(4), Route 103(3), I-105(4), Route 118(ℱ,2), Route 123(ℱ), Route 125(4,5), I-215(ℱ), Route 133(ℱ,4), Route 138(ℱ), Route 198(ℱ), Route 231(ℱ), Route 238(ℱ),  Route 239(6), Route 241(ℱ,4), Route 261(ℱ,4), I-505(ℱ), I-580(7), Route 710(ℱ, 3), I-880(ℱ).
(Source: private email, Highway headline posts through February 27, 2022 as indicated, AARoads through 02/27/2022)

Added the Gribblenation page "Golden State Highways" to the appropriate regional links page. As a reminder: If you have a regional page (state, country), please let me know so I can add it to the links directory. Yes, this is old-fashioned in these days of search engines, but it still does serve to increase the visibility and ranking of all sites.

Reviewed the Pending Legislation page, based on the California Legislature site. As usual, I recommend to every Californian that they visit the legislative website regularly and see what their legis-critters are doing. As many people are unfamiliar with how the legislature operates (and why there are so many "non-substantive changes" and "gut and amend" bills), I've added the legislative calendar to the end of the Pending Legislation page. The last day for bills to be introduced is Feb 18; to get a new bill after that, and existing bill must be amended. As a result, quite a few "non-substantial changes" bills are introduced as placeholders. These bills that make a minor meaningless grammatical change in some provision, just so there is a bill in the system that can later be amended to do something else after the deadline for introducing bills has passed. Some of the more amusing ones are AB1673 (Counties); AB1901 (California State Boundaries); AB1953 (Assembly Great Seal); AB1967 (State Government); AB2174 (Traffic Control Devices); AB2493 (Cities and Counties); AB2760 (Utility poles and structures); and SB1243 (Counties). This also shows "hot topics" for the year, included bills related to retail shoplifting, cryptocurrency, catalytic converter thefts, broadband equity, and elections. At this point, no bills have been passed in the 2022 session. Note: As a side-impact of this, I made some formatting changes to make the legislative page easier to read.

Through the headline discovery I do, I discovered the online agenda of the California Coastal Commission. I reviewed the agenda for the 2021 and 2022 Coastal Commission meetings, and noted the following actions that rose to the level of Highway Page significance:

I checked California Transportation Commission page for the results of the January 2022 meeting of the California Transportation Commission. As always, note that I tend not to track items that do not impact these pages — i.e., pavement rehabilitation or replacement, landscaping, drainage, culverts, roadside facilities, charging stations, or other things that do not impact the routing or history, unless they are really significant. As such, the following items were of interest:

[ Note: ° indicates items that were below the level of detail for updating the specific route pages; is an indicator used to keep track of what has been added to the pages; indicates the results from the meeting, if the meeting minutes were available. ]

2.1a. STIP/SHOPP Program/Project Amendments

(1) SHOPP Amendments for Approval: Request to:
(Related item under Ref. 2.5b.(1))

Of these, the following projects/allocation were at the level of interest for the highway pages (general, these are significant new structures or changes, as opposed to repair or rehabilitation in place; additions of bike paths, pedestrian, or complete street elements; or non-visible changes). A lot of the January updates were dealing with recovery from the major fires, and damage from people experiencing homelessness, and road and bridge restoration — none of which rise to the level of interest for the highway pages.

2.1b. STIP Program/Project Amendments/Approvals for Notice

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

2.1c. TCIF Baseline Amendments

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

2.1s. TCEP Baseline Amendments

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

2.2a. Submittal of Notice of Preparation for Comments

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

2.2b. Submittal of Notice of Documents Available for Comment (DEIRs)

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

2.2c. Approval of Projects for New Public Road Connection / Future Consideration of Funding

(1) Approval of Project for Future Consideration of Funding: 03-But-32, PM 5.0/10.2. Butte - 32 Chico Rehabilitation Project. Construct a serviceable facility for the traveling public, enhance safety features, and expand multi-modal opportunities on Route 32 in Butte County. (ND) (PPNO 2115) (SHOPP)
(Related item under Ref. 2.5b.(2))

(2) Approval of Project for Future Consideration of Funding: 03-Nev-49, PM 10.8/R 13.3. Nevada-49 Corridor Improvement Project. Improve safety and mobility on Route 49 in Nevada County. (FEIR) (PPNO 4117) (STIP)

(3) Approval of Project for Future Consideration of Funding: 04-Ala-84, PM 17.2. Arroyo de la Laguna Bridge Project. Repair bridge scour and correct structural deficiencies of the Arroyo de la Laguna Bridge at on Route 84 in Alameda County. (FEIR) (PPNO 0481M) (SHOPP)
(Related item under Ref. 2.5b.(2))

(4) Approval of Project for Future Consideration of Funding: 02 – Tehama County. Highway 99 West (former US 99) and South Main Street Reconstruction Project. Construct pavement improvements on Highway 99 West. (MND) (PPNO 2569) (CMAQ) (STIP)
(Related item under Ref. 2.5c.(3))

(6) Approval of Project for Future Consideration of Funding: 07 – Los Angeles County. Liberty Canyon Wildlife Habitat Connectivity Project. Construct a vegetated bridge crossing and other
improvements on US 101. (MND) (EEM)

(9) Approval of Project for Future Consideration of Funding: 03 – Sacramento County. Sacramento International Airport Master Plan. Align Elkhorn Boulevard with Airport Boulevard. (FEIR) (PPNO 1812) (TCEP) ❧ Withdrawn Prior to the CTC Meeting

2.3a. Route Adoptions

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

2.3b. New Public Road Connection

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

2.3c. Relinquishments

Two Relinquishment Resolutions:

2.3d. Vacations

One Vacation Resolution: 06-Fre-180-PM R77.30/R77.61. Right of way along Route 180 on South Reed Avenue and East Kings Canyon Road in the city of Fresno.

2.5a Minor Projects

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

2.5b. Financial Allocations for SHOPP Projects / Federal Discretionary Grant Funds

(1) Request of $234,879,000 $234,717,000 for 17 SHOPP projects.
(Related item under Ref. 2.1a.(1))

Of these, the following were of interest for the highway pages:

(2) Request of $85,244,000 $81,675,000 for 61 57 2020 SHOPP preconstruction project phases for design and R/W support. (2a): SHOPP support phases; (2b) SHOPP Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) support phases.
(Related items under Ref. 2.1a.(1), 2.2c.(1) and 2.2c.(3))

Of these, the following were of interest for the highway pages (for the (2b) items, there was a lot of culvert repair and polyester concrete overlays this month—none of which are of at the level of interest for the highway pages):

2.5c Financial Allocations for STIP Projects

(1) Request of $24,900,000 for the State-Administered CBI Otay Mesa East Port of entry-Segment 3A project (Route 11, 11-SD-11 2.7/2.7), on the State Highway System, in San Diego County, programmed in FY 2022-23. (PPNO 0999F)

(2) Request of $12,300,000 for the locally-administered STIP McKinley Avenue/Route 120 Interchange project, on the State Highway System (10-SJ-120 R0.9/R3.3), in San Joaquin County. (PPNO 3046)

(3) Request of $2,047,000 for eight locally-administered STIP and PPM projects, off the State Highway System. (3a) STIP projects; (3b) STIP Planning, Programming, and Monitoring projects
(Related item under Ref. 2.2c.(4))

Of these, the following were of interest for the highway pages:

2.5d Allocations for Projects with Costs that Exceed 20 Percent of the Programmed Amount

(1) Request for $124,220,000 (50.1 percent increase) allocation in Construction Capital and $11,221,000 (0 percent increase) in Construction Support for the STIP Roadway Widening project, on Route 46, in San Luis Obispo County. (EA 3307A, PPNO 0226J)

(2) Request for $13,564,000 (24.5 percent increase) allocation in Construction Capital and $3,100,000 (10.7 percent increase) allocation in Construction Support for the Tumey Gulch Bridge № 42-0246L/R SHOPP Bridge Replacement project, on I-5, in Fresno County. (EA 0S830, PPNO 6725; 06-Fre-5 44.4/45.4)

2.5e Supplemental Fund Allocations

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

2.5f Financial Allocations for SHOPP

Informational Reports on Allocations Under Delegated Authority

Of these, the following were of interest for the highway pages:

2.5g Prop 1B Project Allocations

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

2.5s Senate Bill 1 Programs Project Allocations Local Partnership Program (LPP) Allocations

(3) Request of $14,386,000 for two locally-administered LPP (Formulaic and Competitive) projects, off the State Highway System. One item was of interest:
(Related item under Ref. 2.2c.(10))

2.5t Traffic Congestion Relief Program (TCRP) Allocations

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

2.5w Active Transportation Program (ATP) Allocations

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

2.6g Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) Allocations

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

4. TCIF and Aeronautic Program Updates / Policy Matters

4.16 Proposition 1B - State Route 99 Bond Program Amendment. Add the Delano to Pixley 4 to 6-Lane Project in Kern and Tulare Counties, and program $25,000,000 to Construction Capital in Fiscal Year 2023-24.(PPNO 7072)
(Related item under Ref. 2.5g.(2a) – 2.5g.(2k)/2.5g.(2m))

Other Matters/Public Comment

There were no items of interest for this agenda item in the reviewed minutes.

FREQUENTLY USED TERMS IN CTC MINUTES: California Transportation Commission (Commission or CTC), California Department of Transportation (Department or Caltrans), Regional Improvement Program (RIP), Interregional Improvement Program (IIP), State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP), Traffic Congestion Relief Program (TCRP), Public Transportation Account (PTA), Clean Air and Transportation Improvement Act of 1990 (Proposition 116), High Speed Passenger Train Bond Program (Proposition 1A), Highway Safety, Traffic Reduction, Air Quality, and Port Security Bond Act of 2006 (Proposition 1B), Corridor Mobility Improvement Account (CMIA), State Route 99 Bond Program (RTE or SR 99), Local Bridge Seismic Retrofit Account (LBSRA), Trade Corridors Improvement Fund (TCIF), Highway-Railroad Crossing Safety Account (HRCSA), State-Local Partnership Program (SLPP), Traffic Light Synchronization Program (TLSP), Letter of No Prejudice (LONP), Environmental Phase (PA&ED), Design Phase (PS&E), Right of Way (R/W), Fiscal Year (FY), Active Transportation Program (ATP), Intercity Rail (ICR), California Aid to Airports Program (CAAP), Acquisition & Development (A&D), Transit and Inter-City Rail Capital Program (TIRCP), Transportation Facilities Account (TFA), Trade Corridor Enhancement Program (TCEP), Local Partnership Program (LPP), Local Streets and Roads Program (LSRP), Solutions for Congested Corridors Program (SCCP).


FREQUENTLY USED TERMS IN CTC MINUTES: California Transportation Commission (Commission or CTC), California Department of Transportation (Department or Caltrans), Regional Improvement Program (RIP), Interregional Improvement Program (IIP), State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP), Traffic Congestion Relief Program (TCRP), Public Transportation Account (PTA), Clean Air and Transportation Improvement Act of 1990 (Proposition 116), High Speed Passenger Train Bond Program (Proposition 1A), Highway Safety, Traffic Reduction, Air Quality, and Port Security Bond Act of 2006 (Proposition 1B), Corridor Mobility Improvement Account (CMIA), State Route 99 Bond Program (RTE or SR 99), Local Bridge Seismic Retrofit Account (LBSRA), Trade Corridors Improvement Fund (TCIF), Highway-Railroad Crossing Safety Account (HRCSA), State-Local Partnership Program (SLPP), Traffic Light Synchronization Program (TLSP), Letter of No Prejudice (LONP), Environmental Phase (PA&ED), Design Phase (PS&E), Right of Way (R/W), Fiscal Year (FY), Active Transportation Program (ATP), Intercity Rail (ICR), California Aid to Airports Program (CAAP), Acquisition & Development (A&D), Transit and Inter-City Rail Capital Program (TIRCP), Transportation Facilities Account (TFA), Trade Corridor Enhancement Program (TCEP), Local Partnership Program (LPP), Local Streets and Roads Program (LSRP), Solutions for Congested Corridors Program (SCCP).


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