Here’s food for thought . . . California’s roads have gone to pot.
Pot-holes, that is.
I recently crossed the California border into Arizona.
On the California side, the road conditions on our highways were deplorable . . . cracks, ruts and potholes for miles of endless miles.
On the Arizona side, from the precise moment we crossed the stateline, the highway system was perfect. We drove hundreds of Arizona highway miles – from the California border to the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Phoenix and back to California.
Just how bad are California’s roads?
- We have 50,000 lane miles in our highway system. More than one in four need major repair.
- The annual need for road repairs, just for our highest priorities, exceeds $7.4 billion. Yet we only have funds to invest $2 billion annually in improvements, leaving $5.4 billion each year unfunded.
As one of nine gubernatorial appointees to the California transportation commission, I sit meeting after meeting frustrated by how much needs to be done, and how little funding we have to do it. There must be lessons to learn from other states. A good place to start might be Arizona.