For Immediate Release: July 21, 2017
More than $5 billion annually to state and local road repair projects will fix potholes, repair bridges, fix local streets and highways.
Sacramento —The Fix Our Roads Coalition applauded the announcement today from Caltrans that it was jumpstarting $285 million in state road repair projects that will improve traffic flow and increase safety for drivers in California.
The projects would not be possible without passage last April of SB 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act that provides approximately $5 billion annually in new funding to conduct road maintenance, fill potholes, fix unsafe bridges and overpasses, improve road safety, reduce traffic congestion and invest in public transit. Money is split equally between state and local projects and comes with strict accountability provisions to ensure funding is spent efficiently and only on transportation projects.
“California roads have been neglected far too long, but with passage of SB 1 things are going to get better,” said Michael Quigley, executive director of the California Alliance for Jobs. “And we’ll be creating thousands of stable, good-paying jobs at the same time.”
“Caltrans’ announcement that it’s jump starting projects is just the beginning,” said Matt Cate, executive director of the California State Association of Counties. “Cities and counties are gearing up to fix local streets and roads, too. The dollars put into our transportation network are going to deliver real results for drivers in the form of smoother roads, less congestion and better road safety.”
“The accountability provisions built into the legislation should give Californians assurance that their dollars are being spent wisely,” said Carolyn Coleman, executive director, League of California Cities. “Funding will be spent on high priority transportation projects only, which is exactly what the Legislature promised when it passed SB 1.”
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