By John Schreiber, October 28, 2014
Bringing roads up to par in Los Angeles County over the next decade
will cost more than $19 billion, the highest total of any county in the
state, according to a report released Tuesday.
Road and bridge repair work in Orange County will cost more than $4.8
billion over the next 10 years, according to the “California Local
Streets & Roads Needs Assessment 2014 Update.”
The biennial report — a collaboration between the California State
Association of Counties, the League of California Cities and the state’s
regional transportation planning agencies — found that pavement
conditions statewide are declining, and current funding levels are
insufficient to properly fix or maintain streets, roads, bridges,
sidewalks, storm drains and traffic signs.
“The state gas tax is only worth half of its value compared to when
it was last increased in 1994,” said Matt Cate, the executive director
of the counties association. “While revenues are decreasing, cities and
counties are doing more with less, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and
building sustainable communities, both of which rely on a functioning
local transportation network. It is no wonder that funding is woefully
He said it’s “time to get serious about a more stable funding source
for local streets, roads and bridges so we can begin to catch up on a
backlog of work that should have been completed long ago.”
The report predicts that further deferrals in completing the work could double the cost of repairs in the future.
The condition of roadway pavement in Los Angeles County was rated in
the study as a 66, which falls in the “at risk” category and matches the
state’s overall rating. Orange County fared better, with a 77 rating.
The pavement conditions of 10 counties were described in the report as poor. All 10 are in Northern California.
Nearly $7.3 billion in annual statewide spending is needed to fix California’s roads and bridges, according to the report.