The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) recently issued a press release about the California Transportation Commission (CTC) authorizing nearly $690 million to accelerate additional transportation projects across the state. According to Caltrans, their 32 major “fix-it-first” transportation projects can be accelerated a year early thanks to the funding. Completing these projects will help to make roadways, bridges, and intersections across the State of California safer and more functional for roadway users. In addition to improving safety, these projects will also help to reduce congestion and manage traffic better.
Funding For California Transportation Infrastructure Improvement
The funding will help to improve more than 17,000 lane miles of pavement, 500 bridges and 55,000 culverts by 2027. Additionally, up to 7,7000 traffic operating systems will also be fixed or improved. These traffic operating systems include ramp meters, traffic cameras and electric highway message boards, among other important pieces of transportation safety technology. Upon completion of these projects, Caltrans expects for 98 percent of pavement on state facilities to be in good or fair condition. At this time, only 85 percent of those areas are in fair or good condition.
California Car Crash Statistics
- In 2015, there were 3,176 traffic crash fatalities on California roadways.
- 914 of those deaths involved alcohol-impaired drivers.
- Speed was a factor in 955 of those fatalities.
- In 2015, 462 motorcyclists were killed on California roads.
- There were 742 pedestrian fatalities in California in 2015.
California Car Accident Lawyer
Officials with Caltrans and other public safety agencies are hoping the additional funding will help to improve safety and usability on roadways in California. Even with improved roadway infrastructure, motorists will still need to practice safe driving habits. Making a commitment to distraction-free driving and always sharing the road safely with all roadway users are two important parts of improving traffic safety in California.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in San Diego, along with the Central Coast or in any of the surrounding areas, contact the skilled and proven Car Accident team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.