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SB 1 Gas Tax: Roadway Improvements in Lake Elsinore

Post Date:10/15/2018

SB 1, formally known as the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, raises funds for transportation projects through gasoline taxes and vehicle fees. It was signed into law on April 28, 2017. Starting in November 2017, cities and counties were able to access these funds. To further ensure that the SB 1 funds are used exclusively for transportation, the passage of Proposition 69 in June 2018 restricted the use of these funds for any purposes other than transportation.

For the City of Lake Elsinore, the new gas tax means more than an estimated $1 million dollars per year will be allocated to the City for roadway improvements, nearly doubling the City’s transportation maintenance funds.

Currently, the City has three maintenance projects either underway or coming soon that are being funded by SB 1:

Projects Underway/Near Completion:

1) Graham Ave between Heald Avenue and Lakeshore Drive 
Pavement rehabilitation, including pavement grinding, overlay and slurry seal.
Construction Start Date: September 24, 2018, Completion Expected by October 30, 2018
Estimated SB 1 Contribution: $362,567
Note: Additional surrounding roads are being improved, based on available funds. 
Find out more about this project. 

Projects Coming Soon:

1) Interstate 15/ Railroad Canyon Interchange
Major roadway and widening improvements to interchange and highway lanes.
Expected Construction Start: Early 2020
SB 1 Contribution: $15 million

2) Lincoln Street from Riverside Drive to Rice Canyon Elementary School
Approximately 2.5 miles of pavement rehabilitation, including pavement grinding, overlay and slurry seal.
Expected Construction Start: 2019
Estimated SB 1 Contribution: $1,038,924

More Information:

SB 1 City Fact Sheet

SB 1 Information from the Riverside County Transportation Commission

SB 1 Information from the State of California

Prop 6 Information from the State of California

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