Senate Bill 1 allows the City of Bakersfield to prioritize local streets funding to bring infrastructure improvements and road safety to our communities.
What is Senate Bill 1 (SB 1)?
On April 28, 2017, SB 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 was signed into law by the Governor in order to address the significant multi-modal transportation funding shortfalls statewide.
SB 1 established the newly created “Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Account” (RMRA). SB 1 will be funded by increases in per gallon fuel excise taxes, diesel fuel sales taxes, and vehicle registration fees. RMRA will provide an estimated $54 billion statewide over the next decade to address deferred maintenance needs on both the state highway system and local road systems. RMRA will provide an estimated $1.5 billion annually to cities and counties for maintenance and rehabilitation of local streets and roads.
How will Bakersfield benefit?
The City of Bakersfield is anticipated to receive $2.1 million of RMRA funds in Fiscal Year 2017-18. The City's RMRA estimate for Fiscal Year 2018-19 is $6.4 million. Per estimates provided by the California Department of Transportation, the City's allocation is estimated at $86 million over the next 10 years. This funding will provide the City with the unique opportunity to increase the investment in the City's transportation network.
Why is this needed?
The City recently underwent a review of its road conditions and created the Pavement Condition Index (PCI) map above. In this map, you can see there are many areas throughout the city that need attention. Senate Bill 1 will make it possible to improve road conditions throughout the City.
Click here or on the image below to open the interactive map for SB 1 funded projects funded in Fiscal Year 2017/18:
Click the map to open the interactive page.
Maintenance Grinding & Paving: