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SAN DIEGO – The California Transportation Commission has doled out $510 million to pay for 83 projects statewide to improve highways, bridges and public transportation, including two in San Diego County.

Screen Shot 2012-12-17 at 8.53.58 PMAccording to the CTC, more than $16 million is earmarked for rehabilitating the pavement on state Route 67 between Interstate 8 and the San Diego River crossing, which is just north of Mapleview Street in Lakeside.

Near the international border, the pavement of state Route 905 will be reconditioned to extend its life and ride quality, from just west of Caliente Avenue to the state Route 125 interchange. The CTC provided $4.65 million toward the project.

“To get the most bang for the buck for taxpayers, Caltrans targets dollars where they are most effective — pavement preservation,” Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty said. “Every $1 spent on preventive pavement maintenance saves Californians $11 that would have been spent on expensive pavement repairs.”

The budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year, which begins Tuesday, sets aside $2.4 billion for the state Highway Operation and Protection Program.