The measure generates an additional $6 billion annually for California’s local and state transportation network and is supported by the Fix Our Roads Coalition
, of which the League is a founding member.
The League continues to support the additional $2.2 billion that the bill dedicates annually for local streets and roads and the provisions expanding the streamline review for projects in existing right-of-way for all cities. State and local roads have a maintenance backlog of $130 billion and California motorists are spending more than $700 annually on car repairs due to pothole-filled roads. This backlog is divided between $59 billion for state highways and $73 billion for local streets, roads, and bridges. Without additional funding, this shortfall is projected to grow by $20 billion in the next decade.
SB 1 now goes to the Senate Appropriations Committee where it will be heard sometime next week. The measure is another step closer to the Legislature meeting Gov. Jerry Brown’s April 6
deadline to pass comprehensive transportation package.