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Report: California Highway Dept. Needs 'Modernizing'

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A new report commissioned by California's top transportation officials concludes that the state department in charge of highway planning and construction needs a major overhaul.
 
The report authors say that the California Department of Transportation, known as Caltrans, is stuck in the past. 
 
While Caltrans was great at building freeways, that era has passed and its approach to transportation planning has neglected trends such as increased local decision-making and more efficient land use.
 
The California State Transportation Agency paid a group of outside experts to scrutinize Caltrans, which the agency oversees.
 
The transportation agency's head, Brian Kelly, said in a statement Thursday that he is determined to implement the report's many recommendations. In his words, Caltrans needs "modernizing."
 
Caltrans did not immediately respond to a request for comment.  (AP)

On Thursday, California Transportation Commission released information on new funding for various infrastructure in a press release---

The California Transportation Commission has allocated $138 million in new funding to 32 projects that will improve highways, bridges, and passenger rail and further strengthen the state's economy. 

"From one end of the state to the other, transportation projects are providing good paying jobs while at the same time reducing traffic congestion for the people and businesses in California," said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.

The allocations include approximately $25 million from Proposition 1B, a transportation bond approved by voters in 2006. To date, more than $17 billion in Proposition 1B funds have been put to work statewide for transportation purposes.

The remaining $113 million in allocations came from assorted transportation accounts funded by state and federal dollars.

Highlights of the funding allocations include:

*$13.7 million will provide improvements to the drainage facilities on State Route 89 between US Highway 50 and Cascade Road in South Lake Tahoe.  This project will replace drainage systems, install sand traps and replace an existing arch culvert with a box culvert.

*$27,000 was allocated to the Sierra County Transportation Commission.  This will provide for planning, programming and monitoring of roadways in Sierra County.

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