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AGC of California Responds to Latest TRIP Roadway Report

National study finds roadways in California’s urban cities some of the worst in the country.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The Associated General Contractors of California (AGC) is responding to a report released today by TRIP, a national transportation research organization, showing California’s urban areas are among those with the most deteriorated roads in the U.S.

The report finds that California can lay claim to 6 of the 20 large urban areas with the worst roads across the country. Of the 20 mid-sized urban areas, 8 communities from California make the list:

Rank
      Large Urban Areas (500K+)
     Poor Share of Roads
1      San Francisco-Oakland      71%
2      San Jose      64%
3      LA-Long Beach-Anaheim      57%
12      Sacramento      41%
13      Riverside-San Bernardino      40%
16      Fresno      40%

  

Rank 
      Mid-Size Urban Areas (200K-500K)
      Poor Share of Roads 
1      Antioch       57% 
2      Concord       56% 
7      Santa Rosa       43% 
9      Stockton       43% 
10      Victorville-Hesperia       42% 
12      Santa Clarita       41% 
17       Thousand Oaks       38% 
20       Modesto       37% 


“This isn’t the type of list we want to see California cities topping,” said Peter Tateishi, CEO of the Associated General Contractors of California. “It shows that our state is in significant need of additional funding for roadway repairs.”

The report finds that travel and population growth are factors further straining the nation’s transportation network. According to TRIP, vehicle travel increased by 16 percent from 2000 to 2006, and travel by large commercial trucks jumped 29 percent during the same period. 

AGC is one of the organizations working to fight Proposition 6, a statewide ballot initiative that would repeal critical roadway and bridge funding from California Senate Bill 1. AGC cites additional research from TRIP showing the cost of California’s deteriorated roads are already hurting drivers.

“California drivers are spending, on average, $800 a year due to poor roadways and bridges, and in many communities across the state that cost more than doubles,” said Tateishi. “But the impact of SB 1 funding goes far beyond roadway improvements for drivers. Prop 6 would take away funding that significantly invests in California’s economy.”

According to data from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, the infrastructure investment package of SB 1 supports at least $182.6 billion in increased economic activity over the next 10 years, contributing $57.9 billion to the gross state product. That activity translates to roughly 682,000 new jobs, with more than 77 percent of new employment coming from outside the construction industry. These new workers will earn an average of $3.3 billion each year. Sales and product output from California businesses across all sectors will increase by $11 billion annually. 

“We can’t eliminate these critical funds, and we can’t wait for our roads to literally crumble before fixing them,” said Tateishi. “We have to invest in our roadways to make a difference now and into the future.”

The full TRIP report can be accessed here.