Program increases funding for VC roads
March 12, 2014A San Diego County Board of Supervisors vote last week has increased funding for improvements on two Valley Center Roads.
During the February 26 meeting, the supervisors voted 5-0 to approve its annual update of the county's TransNet Local Street Improvement Program. The move increases TransNet funding for the Cole Grade Road and Bear Valley Parkway North improvements.
The TransNet half-cent sales tax was originally approved by the county's voters in November 1987, and in November 2004 the county's voters passed a 40-year extension. The revenue is divided between highways, transit, and local streets and roads. San Diego County receives approximately $12 million each year for local streets and roads.
The Regional Transportation Improvement Program is coordinated by the San Diego Association of Governments, which administers the TransNet funding, and the RTIP includes the TransNet Local Street Improvement Program. The county updates its Local Street Improvement Program annually. The RTIP is updated every other year but amended on a quarterly basis. SANDAG is expected to amend the RTIP in April and to adopt its next update in September.
The funding for the Cole Grade Road project was increased from $11,348,000 to $15,933,000. The county expects to spend $1,296,000 during Fiscal Year 2014-15, $3,640,000 in 2015-16, $3,922,000 during 2016-17, $5,400,000 in 2017-18, and $1,675,000 during 2018-19.
The allocation for Bear Valley Parkway North was changed from $11,833,000 to $11,864,000. The expenditure plan assumes $6,426,000 of TransNet funding in 2014-15 and $5,438,000 during 2015-16.
The county had not previously included road maintenance in its RTIP expenditures, but the 2014 Local Street Improvement Program allocates $7 million for asphalt concrete overlays between Fiscal Year 2015-16 and Fiscal Year 2018-19, including $2,612,000 for roadway maintenance and overlays in the Fifth Supervisorial District.