Fix Our Roads Responds to Governor’s State of the State Address 1/24/17

For Immediate Release: January 24, 2017

FIX OUR ROADS SAYS, “AMEN TO THAT, GOVERNOR”

Sacramento – In his state of the state address, Governor Brown today renewed his commitment to transportation investment, supporting the President’s pledge to invest in infrastructure while calling on the Legislature here in California to work together to fund infrastructure improvements. The Fix Our Roads coalition issued the following statement.

“We applaud Governor Brown who again put transportation on the front burner for discussion in Sacramento. Amen to that, Governor.

“A lot of attention is focused on transportation now and that’s good. But what is needed is action. We’d like to see bills start moving quickly and a long-term, dedicated transportation funding and accountability package signed by the Governor before budget negotiations begin in earnest.

“We are optimistic it will happen. We’re going to hold Governor Brown and Legislative leadership, who have said in writing this is a priority, to their promise. The longer they delay, the more we’ll pay. It’s time to get a deal done.”

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.