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

For Immediate Release: February 14, 2017

Sacramento – The Fix Our Roads Coalition, a coalition of local governments, business, labor, transit and transportation advocates, applauded Senate Transportation Committee passage of Senate Bill 1 (Beall) today. The bill is expected to be heard next in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee. No date set.

“We’re pleased SB 1 passed out of the Senate Transportation Committee today. It’s a good sign things are moving in the right direction and California legislators recognize the importance of passing a package of bills that provide a long-term, stable and accountable source of funding for transportation infrastructure in early 2017. SB 1 is part of that package along with forthcoming constitutional protections to make sure the new revenues are used for transportation purposes only.

“The Fix Our Roads coalition will remain active to keep legislative leaders and the Governor to their promise to get a transportation funding deal done by April.

“The events of the past few days remind us that our roads, bridges and other infrastructure are critically important to our safety and way of life and that maintaining them is far less expensive than fixing or replacing them. In fact, California is currently spending hundreds of millions of dollars on emergency road repairs – repairs that cost far more than had we invested in maintaining those roads all along.

“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.