A long and bumpy road lies ahead for California — make that thousands of rutted, cracked and broken roads and highways.
60% of the state’s roadways are distressed and need reconstruction or
major maintenance. More than a quarter of the bridges — 2,700 of them –
need major repairs or replacement. More than a third of culverts and
drainage systems have deteriorated from long-term policies of deferring
jumped from six to 17, while the number with “good” roads has fallen
from seven to four.
Those are just a few of the troubling facts
in a comprehensive 191-page report released last week by the California
Transportation Commission, which rates the state’s roads and highways as
“at risk,” scoring just 66 on a 100-point scale.
provides a detailed account of the sorry state of our transportation
system. It also supplies projections of the staggering cost of restoring
it and expanding public transit.
The bill over the next decade:
$536.2 billion — that’s right, more than half a trillion dollars — with
nearly $200 million for badly needed new projects.
is that even if local governments (which provide two-thirds of all
transportation funding) can find as much money for repairs as they spent
in the last decade, we still come up short by $94.7 million.
Is the stalemated Congress going to provide that money? Are you?
not — though it should be noted that over the last 50 years, per capita
spending on transportation projects in California has fallen by 60%,
while the population has tripled and we’re traveling five times as many