By: Orange County Supervisor Pat Bates
The Board approved the County of Orange’s 7-Year Transportation Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014-15 through FY 2020-21.
The CIP will support OC Public Works in securing Renewed Measure M (M2) funds, a voter approved half-cent sales tax administered by the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) for completing roadway and intersection improvements, traffic signal construction, and road maintenance projects, which will enhance public safety and reduce traffic congestion within the unincorporated areas of Orange County.
The County utilizes M2 funds as a major funding component for the CIP. All cities within the County, and the County itself, are required to adopt a 7-Year Transportation CIP, update it annually, and provide it to OCTA as a requirement of eligibility to receive and compete for M2 funds.
OCTA requires that all individual transportation-related projects, for which M2 funds may be sought, be listed in the 7-Year Transportation CIP for purposes of identifying potential future project-funding needs.
The CIP is a planning/scheduling document and not a specific budget for any project. Inclusion of a project in the CIP is not a commitment by the County to construct the project, as it is subject to available funding. The CIP is primarily an eligibility requirement for the County to continue to receive and compete for M2 funds. However, additional funding is continually explored by OC Public Works to fully fund all projects listed in the 7-Year Transportation CIP.
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