Transportation Infrastructure in California

Long-term Funding Solution

(In reference to Caltrans allocation of $236 Million, SEE this publication Transportation Infrastructure)




“Although 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. 

According 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. 

Last year I introduced AB 2094 which would have redirected $1 billion per year to road maintenance funding, but it died in the Assembly Transportation Committee. 

Until the Legislature acts on this important issue, roads and highways in California will continue to deteriorate.” 


Assemblyman Jay 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.