🛣 Changes to the California Highway Website covering January-February 2022

And the first updates for 2022 to the California Highways Website are live. Enjoy. And as always… ready, set, discuss …

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)]: 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), 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:

  • February 2022 (Weds., 11.a) Application № 4-21-0182 (Caltrans, Santa Barbara Co.).
    Application of Caltrans to replace Route 217 bridge at San Jose Creek with new bridge with four traffic lanes, standard bridge railings and shoulders, separated bicycle and pedestrian path, and coastal hazards adaptation features, located between the City of Goleta and the University of California, Santa Barbara in unincorporated Santa Barbara County. (SD-V)
    ❧ Moved to Consent Calendar, APPROVED WITH CONDITIONS
  • September 2021 (Thurs., 10.a): September 2021 Application № 1-21-0074 (Caltrans, Fort Bragg)
    Application of California Department of Transportation to widen two-lane Route 1 bridge over Pudding Creek to add shoulder width and separated pedestrian walkways with relocation of utility lines and drainage improvements at Highway 1 crossing of Pudding Creek in City of Fort Bragg, Mendocino County. (AL-A)
    ❧ Moved to Consent Calendar, APPROVED WITH CONDITIONS
  • January 2021 (Weds 11.a) January 2021 Application № 1-20-0422 (Caltrans, Del Norte County)
    Application of California Department of Transportation to demolish and replace existing two-lane U.S. Highway 101 (Dr. Fine) bridge over Smith River with new two lane bridge with separated pedestrian walkway and construct temporary detour bridge, relocate utility lines, and replace culverts at Highway 101 crossing of Smith River, Del Norte County. (TG-A)
    ❧ APPROVED WITH CONDITIONS

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))

  • Add 12 new projects into the 2020 SHOPP (2.1a.(1a))
  • Revise 27 projects currently programmed in the 2020 SHOPP. (2.1a.(1d), and 2.1a.(1f))

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.

  • (1a) #12. 01-DN-101 PM 15.6/16.2. PPNO 01-1144; ProjID 0121000034; EA 0K950. US 101 Near Crescent City, from 3.0 miles north to 3.6 miles north of Wilson Creek Bridge. Improve cross slope, widen shoulders, install guardrail, extend passing lane, and construct retaining walls. Programming ($1,000s; ⸋ indicates phase not authorized): PS&ED $1,393; PS&E $2,588; R/W Sup $126; ⸋Con Sup $1,711; ⸋R/W Cap $37; ⸋Const Cap $9,328; TOTAL $15,183. Begin Const: 9/2/2025.(Concurrent COS allocation under Resolution FP-21-50; January 2022.)
  • (1d) #5. 04-Son-121 PM 3.4/6.5. PPNO 04-0738; ProjID 0400020007; EA 0G680. Route 121 Near Schellville, from north of Tolay Creek Bridge to south of Yellow Creek Bridge. Widen for standard shoulders, upgrade curves to standard, extend two-way left turn lane, and install rumble strips. Note: Delete project. The collisions in the area have reduced as a result of rumble strips and High Friction Surface Treatment (HFST) installed under other projects.
  • (1d) #13. 05-SLO-1 PM 0/0.3. PPNO 05-2650; ProjID 0516000074; EA 1H440. Route 1 Near Guadalupe, at the Santa Maria River Bridge No. 49-0042; also in Santa Barbara County (PM 50.3/50.6). The bridge is scour critical and needs to be replaced. The existing bridge will be used for traffic handling during construction and then demolished. The highway will need to be realigned as a result of the new bridge location. The new bridge will provide standard lane and shoulder widths and include a protected walkway. Allocation change ($1000s): R/W Cap $744 ⇒ $1,030; TOTAL $50,550 ⇒$50,836. Note: Increase right of way capital due to increase in the Department’s share of utility verification cost and increase in mitigation cost.
  • (1d) #15. 06-Kin-41 PM 16.6/16.9. PPNO 06-7031; ProjID 0619000078; EA 0X950. Route 41 Near Kettleman City, from 0.1 mile south to 0.2 mile north of Bernard Drive. Construct roundabout. (Additional $1,700,000 from local contribution). Allocation changes ($1000s): R/W Cap $1,800 ⇒ $2,238; Const Cap $4,800 ⇒ $6,464; Total $14,400 ⇒ $16,502. Note: Update project description since availability of local contribution is uncertain. Increase R/W capital due to higher acquisition costs. Increase construction capital to accommodate the uncertain local funds because the need for this safety project remains.
  • (1f) #2. 04-Mrn-37 PM R11.2/14.6. PPNO 04-5200; ProjID 0419000376; EA 4Q320. Route 37 In and near Novato, from Route 101 to Sonoma County line; also in Sonoma County on Route 37, from Marin County line to Route 121 (PM 0.0/3.9). Reconstruct the roadway to address sea level rise and recurrent flooding. (Long Lead Project) Allocation changes: Zero out everything but PA&ED (Environmental). Note: Remove funding beyond the environmental phase for this long lead project. Future phases will be programmed when the scope is well defined and input from the regulatory agencies is available.

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:

  • 10-SJ-4-PM T14.3/T14.9. Right of way along the Route 4 crosstown extension on Navy Drive, in the city of Stockton.
  • 10-Mer-99-PM 1.6. Right of way along Route 99 on South Vista Avenue, in the county of Merced.

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:

  • #1 $11,716,000. 01-Men-1 62.0/62.3. PPNO 01-4507; ProjID 0100000672; EA 43480. Route 1 In Fort Bragg, at Pudding Creek Bridge № 10-0158. Outcome/Output: Upgrade bridge rails and widen the structure to improve safety for vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians. (Future consideration of funding approved under Resolution E-20-111; December 2020.) (Seven month time extension for CONST and CON ENG approved under Waiver 21-59; June 2021.) Allocation: CON ENG $2,400,000; CONST $8,300,000.
  • #6 $12,422,000. 04-Son-12 25.8/33.3. PPNO 04-0269M; ProjID 0413000080; EA 4H050. Route 12 In and near Sonoma, at Sonoma Creek Bridge № 20 -0027 and Hooker Creek Bridge № 20-0030. Outcome/Output: Replace scour critical bridges to restore structural integrity. (Future consideration of funding approved under Resolution E-18-156; December 2018.) (Concurrent Amendment under SHOPP Amendment 20H-013; January 2022.) (Twelve month time extension for CONST and CON ENG approved under Waiver 20-31; June 2020.) (Additional seven month time extension for CONST and CON ENG approved under Waiver 21-96; June 2021.) Allocation: CON ENG $1,670,000; CONST $10,752,000.
  • #9 $32,260,000 06-Mad-99 6.9/R7.5. PPNO 06-6857; ProjID 0616000207; EA 0V120. Route 99 Near the city of Madera, at Cottonwood Creek Bridge № 41-0065R, № 41-0065L and № 41-0065S. Outcome/Output: Replace bridges to mitigate corrosion by chloride latent concrete. (Future consideration of funding approved under Resolution E-20-90; October 2020.) (Concurrent Amendment under SHOPP Amendment 20H-013; January 2022.) Allocation: CON ENG $6,100,000; CONST $26,160,000.
  • #14 $3,220,000. 10-Mer-152 11.3. PPNO 10-3214; ProjID 1017000005; EA 0T680. Route 152 Near Los Banos, at Route 33 Interchange; also on Route 5 (PM 6.3) at Route 165 Interchange. Outcome/Output: Improve the truck turning radius at two locations by widening ramps, upgrade guardrail, and install lighting. Allocation: CON ENG $630,000; CONST $2,216,000.

♠ (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):

  • (2a) #1. $1,393,000. 01-DN-101 15.6/16.2. PPNO 01-1144; ProjID 0121000034; EA 0K950. US 101 Near Crescent City, from 3.0 miles north to 3.6 miles north of Wilson Creek Bridge. Improve cross slope, widen shoulders, install guardrail, extend passing lane, and construct retaining walls. (Concurrent Amendment under SHOPP Amendment 20H-013; January 2022.) Allocation: PA&ED $1,393,000.
  • (2a) #2. $1,986,000. 03-Sac-99 12.7/16.0. PPNO 03-6930; ProjID 0316000193; EA 1H630. Route 99 In Elk Grove, from Elk Grove Boulevard to south of Calvine Road. Construct two auxiliary lanes and upgrade four ramp metering systems. Allocation: PS&E $1,736,000 ($1,550,000 programmed); R/W Sup $250,000. ❧ Withdrawn prior to the CTC meeting
  • (2b) #6 $4,475,000. 04-Ala-84 16.9/17.5. PPNO 04-0481M; ProjID 0414000012; EA 0J550. Route 84 Near Sunol, at Arroyo De La Laguna Bridge № 33-0043. Replace bridge, realign roadway and construct roundabouts. (Concurrent consideration of funding under Resolution E-22-03; January 2022.) Allocation: PS&E $4,200,000 ($3,600,000 programmed); R/W Sup $275,000 ($250,000 programmed).
  • (2b) #8. $1,859,000. 04-SCl-82 R11.4/26.4. PPNO 04-2021B; ProjID 0418000032; EA 0P980. Route 82 In the cities of Santa Clara and Palo Alto, at De La Cruz Boulevard Overcrossing (OC) № 37-0214 (PM R11.38), Mayfield Pedestrian Undercrossing (UC) № 37-0091 (PM 24.15), University Avenue OC № 37-0092 (PM 25.88), and San Francisquito Creek Bridge № 37-0018 (PM 26.36). Upgrade bridge rails at three locations and abandon the Mayfield Pedestrian UC. Allocation: PS&E $1,824,000 ($1,533,000 programmed); R/W Sup $35,000 ($30,000 programmed).

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:

  • (3a) #6. $185,000. 02-Tehama near Route 99. 99W & Gyle Road to South Main Street & I-5 Overcrossing. In Tehama from Gyle Road intersection of  99W (formerly old Route 99) and extends north to Red Bluff ending at I-5 overcrossing. Resurfacing & reconfigure pavement delineation/reflective markers, and improvements and signalization at I-5 interchange. Allocation: PS&E $185,000.

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

  • Emergency G-11 Allocations (2.5f.(1)): $68,650,000 for 15 projects.
  • SHOPP Safety Sub-Allocations (2.5f.(3)): $7,589,000 for three projects.
  • Minor G-05-16 Allocations (2.5f.(4)): $2,462,000 for two projects.

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

  • (3) #1. $3,848,000. 08-SBd-138 R14.8/R15.1. PPNO 08-3010W; ProjID 0817000138; EA 1H820. Route 138 Near Hesperia, from 0.2 mile west to 0.1 mile east of Cajon Boulevard; also on Route 15, at 0.2 mile north of Route 138 (PM R21.6). Outcome/Output: Install traffic signals, realign Cajon Boulevard, widen southbound offramp, add left-turn lane, and construct curb ramps to improve safety.  This project will reduce the number and severity of collisions. Allocation: CON ENG $1,050,000; CONST $2,488,000.

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))

  • $5,686,000. Mid-County Parkway (Route 74). PPNO 08-1276; PPNO 0821000011. Mid County Parkway (MCP) Phase 2. (Note: Discussed with Route 74) Construct 4 lanes on future MCP alignment between Redlands Ave and future Antelope Rd. The proposed project will provide several benefits including access, reduced travel time, and cleaner air. Allocation: PS&E $5,686,000.

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).

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