Fix Our Roads Coalition Applauds Senate Environmental Quality Committee Passage of SB 1 (Beall)

For Immediate Release: February 22, 2017

Sacramento – The Fix Our Roads Coalition, a coalition of local governments, business, labor, transit and transportation advocates, applauded Senate Environmental Quality Committee passage of Senate Bill 1 (Beall) today. The bill is expected to be heard next in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee.

“SB 1 is on a roll and we’re very happy it’s moving through the process and passed Senate EQ today. Momentum is building to get something done this year and address California’s long-term transportation needs by April 6 as Governor Brown and legislative leaders announced a few weeks ago. SB 1 is part of that package along with constitutional protections to make sure the new revenues are used for transportation purposes only.

“The closures, washouts, sinkholes, and Caltrans emergency road repairs totaling more than $400 million should remind us all that investment in infrastructure is absolutely critical. Regular maintenance is not only a public safety issue, but it is also a cost and taxpayer issue. Maintenance done on a regular basis prevents small problems from becoming larger and more expensive.

“The Fix Our Roads coalition will keep the pressure on. We need to get this done.

“It’s past time to #FixCARoads. The more they delay, the more we pay.”

Background:

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.