The California Transportation Commission has allocated $238m for 12 highway and transit projects across the state.

Out of the total earmarked amount, $91.6m has been allotted to Doyle Drive, the 70-year old southern access to the Golden Gate Bridge and a vital transportation link between San Francisco and Marin.

Under the project, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will replace a mile section of the roadway with a modern, seismically safe parkway.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 added about $100m to the funds.

In addition, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments received $87.2m from Proposition 1B, a $19.9bn transportation bond for a Caltrans transportation project.

The project is expected to begin during the autumn, instead of the originally scheduled date of April 2011.

Bringing the project forward is expected to save Californian taxpayers around $90m.