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Caltrans ‘Complete Streets’ Program About More Than Cars

  

Building, maintaining and replacing roads, bridges and walkways in California is a multibillion dollar expense.  The state Department of Transportation is one of several state agencies requiring money to maintain an "infrastructure" that serves more than 38-million people. 

Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty says the "Complete Streets" plan considers more than the automobile when it comes to highway improvements. 

“There's the pedestrian, there's the bicyclist, there's the mass transit user, and we want to make sure our projects accommodate all those modes," said Dougherty during an interview with Capital Public Radio. 

Dougherty said many state highways serve as local streets or main streets for some communities. 

He said every "complete street," is different depending on its needs and types of users. 

Dougherty said community partnerships with Caltrans ensures that projects take local needs and concerns into account.

Listen to the audio above for the full interview with Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty by Capital Public Radio Reporter Ed Joyce about the range and complexity of California's infrastructure.