Governor Brown also reinforces April 6 deadline to pass transportation funding package.
For Immediate Release: February 24, 2017
Sacramento – The Fix Our Roads Coalition, a coalition of local governments, business, labor, transit and transportation advocates, welcomed today’s press conference where Governor Brown once again stressed the need to invest in California’s infrastructure, including local streets and roads as well as state highways and other transportation projects. Fix Our Roads issued the following statement:
Governor Brown is saying what needs to be said. Now it’s time for the legislature and Governor to do what needs to be done and pass a transportation funding bill soon. Our infrastructure is falling apart and spending money to repair, maintain and upgrade is an investment critical to the long-term future of our state. And, as the Governor acknowledged, it is much more cost effective to fix small problems before they become big, expensive ones.
As important, Governor Brown reinforced the April 6 deadline to pass a transportation funding package. We intend to do whatever is necessary to make sure the Legislature hits that mark. SB 1 (Beall) is gaining momentum and has passed two policy committees. The Fix Our Roads coalition is firmly behind that bill and AB 1.
If winter 2017 is teaching us anything, it’s that we cannot continue to wait until an emergency to address maintenance issues. It’s past time to #FixCARoads. The more they delay, the more we pay.
The Fix Our Roads Coalition believes a package must include at least $6 billion in new revenues annually to prevent the further deterioration of our local streets and roads and to make a dent in the overwhelming transportation improvement backlog. Additionally, the package needs strong accountability provisions to ensure the money goes to transportation purposes and is responsibly spent. Consider:
- There is a backlog of $130 billion in needed repairs ($59 billion state highways; $73 billion local streets and roads).
- CA drivers are paying $53.6 billion annually in additional car repairs, congestion delays and traffic crashes due to poorly maintained roads. That’s an average cost of $2,826 per driver. (National Transportation Research Group-TRIP, 8/16)
- Car repairs alone cost drivers in California an average of $762 annually due to pothole-filled roads. (TRIP, 7/15)
- Regionally, the annual cost is higher: San Francisco/Oakland-$978; Los Angeles/Orange Counties-$892; San Jose-$863; San Diego-$722 (TRIP, 11/16)
- Ten of California’s urban centers have pavement conditions that rank among the nation’s most deteriorated including the top three in the nation: San Francisco/Oakland; Los Angeles/Orange Counties; and San Jose. (TRIP, 11/16)
- It costs eight times more to fix a road than to maintain it. Preventive care cost: $115,000/mile. Rehabilitative care cost: $894,000/mile. (CalTrans State of the Pavement report 2015)
- A total of 25 percent of California bridges show significant deterioration and need to be repaired or replaced. (TRIP, 8/16)
- On a scale of zero (failed) to 100 (excellent), the statewide average Pavement Condition Index (PCI) has deteriorated to 65 (“at risk” category) in 2016. (California Statewide Local Streets and Roads Needs Assessment, 10/16)
- The Federal Highway Administration estimates that for every $1 spent on road, highway and bridge improvements there is an average benefit of $5.20 in the form of reduced vehicle maintenance costs, reduced delays, reduced fuel consumption, improved safety, and reduced maintenance costs.