Transportation Infrastructure in California
Long-term Funding Solution
(In reference to Caltrans allocation of $236 Million, SEE this
http://www.BigBearLake.net/ETNews/2017 Transportation Infrastructure)
I’m gratified that these projects have been funded, I am mindful that the
Legislature has yet to pass a long-term funding solution for transportation infrastructure
in California. California roads are in a serious state of disrepair and
the funding situation is bleak.
to a February 2016 report by the Legislative Analyst, the state has significant
ongoing maintenance needs including an annual funding shortfall of $2 billion
in the State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP).
In addition, local governments need tens of
billions of dollars to maintain their current infrastructure. My
colleagues and I proposed a solution over a year ago that would have
re-allocated over $6 billion annually to transportation infrastructure without
raising taxes, but no action has been taken.
year I introduced AB 2094 which would have redirected $1 billion per year to
road maintenance funding, but it died in the Assembly Transportation
the Legislature acts on this important issue, roads and highways in California
will continue to deteriorate.”
Obernolte represents the 33rd Assembly District, which includes
the San Bernardino County communities of Adelanto, Apple Valley, Baker,
Barstow, Big Bear City, Big Bear Lake, Big River, Crestline, Fort Irwin,
Hesperia, Johnson Valley, Lake Arrowhead, Lenwood, Lucerne Valley, Needles, Oak
Hills, Phelan, Running Springs, Silver Lakes, Trona, Twentynine Palms Base,
Twin Peaks and Victorville.