San Joaquin County won't be subjected to as many rough rides soon with repair work being expedited statewide thanks to the recent gas tax increase in California.
Caltrans is spending $43 million and expediting construction on 13 road repair projects statewide. San Joaquin County has three highway resurfacing projects scheduled along with construction on two bridges.
Mark Dinger with Caltrans says $3 million will be spent on resurfacing four miles of Highway 99 through Stockton with rubberized concrete.
“We’ve been using rubberized asphalt concrete for years right now. And what that means basically is instead of using rock we’re using crumb rubber from used tires so it helps us environmentally and on the roads, it helps with a much better ride and it reduces sound, as well. So, there are lots of benefits to using that type of material,” Dinger said.
Dinger says other projects call for road repair on Interstate 5 from Hammer Lane in Stockton to the Sacramento County line, and resurfacing two miles of Highway 12 near Lodi.
“We’re going in there and completely resurfacing these roads so these potholes don’t appear in the future. With all that storm damage, we’ve got a lot of roads that can use repair right now,” Dinger said.
Dinger says more than 50 other projects statewide are being expedited for next summer.