Salas Measure for Funding State Route 43 Passes


Central Valley Highway (SR 43) bill passes Assembly floor with Bi-Partisan Support (60-14)

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) announced today that his Assembly Bill (AB) 1043 passed the Assembly floor. AB 1043 would add State Route 43 to the Interregional Road System (IRRS) and would make it eligible to compete for project funding in the Interregional Transportation Improvement Program (ITIP).

“Improvement projects for State Route 43 are long overdue. It serves a key route for local freight transportation,” said Assemblymember Salas. “This measure makes Route 43 eligible for additional safety improvements, repairs, and upgrades.”

Commonly known as the “Central Valley Highway”, State Route (SR) 43 serves the region as a major corridor, commuter, and arterial freeway and expressway system. SR 43 runs primarily through rural San Joaquin Valley. The route spans 97 miles, functioning as a two-lane conventional highway, through portions of Kern, Tulare, Kings, and Fresno Counties.

With the exception of a few urbanized areas, land use surrounding SR 43 is agriculturally related. The route provides vital access for the farm-to-market goods movement, which is essential to the economic stability and growth of the area.

During the growing and harvesting seasons, the movement of large agricultural equipment is a frequent occurrence; such movement of equipment occasionally hinders the safe free flow of traffic on this route.
The primary reason for the inability to secure necessary safety and operational improvements is the lack of funding options to finance improvements.

The Interregional Road System (IRRS) was established in 1990 to address the critical transportation system funding and development needs of the state. The IRRS focuses on routes outside urbanized areas that connect major activity centers in the state. The addition of SR 43 to the IRRS would not have an immediate fiscal impact to the state. Adding SR 43 to this list would simply make the route eligible to compete for future funding.

Assemblymember Salas represents part of the City of Bakersfield, the cities of Arvin, Avenal, Corcoran, Delano, Hanford, Lemoore, McFarland, Shafter, Wasco, and the communities of Armona, Buttonwillow, Home Garden, Kettleman City, Lamont, Lost Hills, Stratford and Weedpatch.