On November 2, 2010, Santa Clara County voters approved Measure B, which levies a $10 annual vehicle registration fee (VRF) on cars owned/registered by county residents. The fees collected must be used only to pay for programs and projects that have a relationship or benefit to the owners of motor vehicles paying the fee and the programs and projects must be consistent with the regional transportation plan. The funds will be used to pay for local transportation improvements, including pothole repair, paving, traffic control signals, and safety improvements. This revenue may be used on its own, or as matching funds for federal, state and regional transportation grants, which enhances local agencies’ flexibility and ability to leverage funding for additional transportation improvements in our county.
All revenue collected through the VRF remains in Santa Clara County, and is distributed to cities to help fund their highest priority roadway improvements. The VTA Board of Directors adopted an expenditure plan which provides detail on project eligibility and how the funds are to be distributed. This expenditure plan will be independently audited and periodically reviewed by the VTA Board of Directors to determine if any modifications are needed. This fee generates approximately $14 million annually to be used on projects in Santa Clara County.
The City of Campbell has already completed one project using Measure B VRF fees and one is under construction. Approximately $215,000, along with additional city pavement maintenance funds, is currently being used to complete pavement rehabilitation on a portion of White Oaks Road, adjacent to the Hwy 17 northbound off-ramp at Camden Avenue.
The work entails removal and replacement of localized pavement failures; placement of a 2” asphalt concrete overlay; traffic loop detector replacement; raising of utility facilities to the new pavement grade; and the removal and replacement of pavement striping and legends.
In addition, the same scope of work has already been completed on Kim Louise Drive off of Campbell Avenue near Kirkwood Plaza. Various locations throughout the city are also getting newly installed accessibility ramps.
In the City of Cupertino, over $300,000 in Measure B VRF funding was included within a larger pavement rehabilitation project to dig out and repair failing pavement sections, fill pavement cracks, and overlay streets citywide.
These improvements were completed in the fall of 2012. Major streets incorporated into this project include Bollinger Road and Blaney Road, where a new pavement overlay has resulted in a smooth ride for drivers, less wear and tear on vehicles, and a street that will not require further maintenance for another 10 years. Several dozen streets were ultimately rehabilitated under this project.
The Town of Los Gatos will be undertaking a roadway repair and improvement project funded by the Measure B VRF program. This project will undertake town-wide roadway base repairs, pothole repairs, asphalt patching, and pavement crack sealing. Fewer potholes will improve roadway conditions for those who travel in or through Los Gatos, and drivers can expect less wear and tear on their automobiles as a result of this project.
Taxpayers and others can expect repair of broken and cracked streets to result in an improved driving experience. Construction will begin by the end of May and is anticipated to be completed by summer 2013.
The City of Milpitas is undertaking annual street resurfacing projects to maintain, repair, and improve city streets funded in part by the Measure B VRF program (nearly $373,000). These projects include city roadway base repairs, pothole repairs, seal treatments and/or pavement overlay. These pavement preservation and rehabilitation projects will improve roadway appearance, improve ride quality, enhance vehicle control, and improve vehicle fuel efficient for the motoring public.
For the City of Mountain View, Measure B VRF funds will make up the major portion of funding over the next four years for the reconstruction of pavement, curbs, gutters and driveway approaches on several streets in Mountain View’s Rex Manor neighborhood. These streets include Doane, Drew, Hackett, and Wagner avenues.
The City of Palo Alto will be using their Measure B VRF funds towards the California Avenue Transit Hub Corridor Streetscape Project. These funds will be used for pavement rehabilitation and reconstruction of California Avenue.
The City of San Jose will be implementing a project that will resurface and rehabilitate five streets located in various parts of the City with Measure B Vehicle Registration Fee funds.
These streets include North First Street from SR 237 and Tasman Drive, Almaden Avenue from Alma Avenue to Willow Street, Capitol Avenue from Capitol Expressway to Wilbur Avenue, Poughkeepsie Road from Blossom Hill Road to Cottle Road, and Tully Road from Monterey Highway to 2000’ E/O Monterey Highway.
The pavement resurfacing and rehabilitation will include removing and replacing areas of failed asphalt concrete, applying a stress absorbing membrane, and placing a new 2-2.5" layer of asphalt concrete wearing surface.
In addition, this project will replace damaged traffic loops at signalized intersections, reinstall all roadway striping and markings, and retrofit and install new ADA ramps. Project construction is currently underway with a projected completion of fall 2013. Over $5 million in VRF funding is paying for these improvements.
Last year, the City of Sunnyvale expended Measure B VRF funds exclusively on pavement rehabilitation. Work valued at $723,000 was completed and this year’s funds will also be spent on pavement rehabilitation projects. The city also has a number of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) maintenance projects on the horizon in which VRF funding will be dedicated.
Santa Clara County
In Santa Clara County, Measure B VRF program funds will be invested in a 7.5-mile pavement rehabilitation project.
Drivers on Lawrence Expressway from Homestead Rd. to SR 237 and on Capitol Expressway from Tully Rd. to Quimby Rd. and US 101 to Seven Trees Blvd. can expect to experience a new asphalt pavement surface and fresh striping. Construction is slated for summer 2014. The new pavement, which will produce a smooth road with no cracks or potholes, should last eight to 10 years before the next pavement resurfacing is needed.
For more information on this measure or the expenditure plan, please contact Scott Haywood, Policy & Community Relations Manager, at (408) 321-7544.