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Survey: California Roads In Poor Condition, Most Projects Not Fully Funded

  

A survey shows half of California's roads are in poor condition, but few of the proposed improvement projects are ready to go.

The transportation advocacy group TRIP identified 125 projects that state or municipal agencies identified as "critically needed." Only 14 will be fully-funded by the end of the decade.

Rocky Moretti is TRIP's director of research and policy.

"California continues to lag behind nationally in overall pavement conditions and that's really a function in California of a heavily-traveled system inadequately maintained," says Moretti. "Priority one is to preserve what you have. But, then on top of that, then you need to also need to address all of the additional needs for improvements to the transit and highway system." 

He says slightly more than half of the projects in the report have some funding available. A third had little or none.

In Sacramento, only five of 15 projects had even partial funding. They include a new bridge over the Sacramento River and revitalization of Auburn Boulevard.

San Francisco and Los Angeles combined have some funding for 11 of their top 12 projects, but no projects were fully-funded.

An equal number of San Diego's projects received full, partial or no funding.