The U.S. Department of Transportation says road and highway improvement funding needs to rise by 21 percent just to keep roads in their current condition. Without additional funding, TRIP says roads will continue deteriorating.
Sadly, this is not new to Californians. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) revealed in its 2013 National Infrastructure Report Card that 68 percent of California’s roads were, at that time, in poor or mediocre condition. As traffic continues to increase nationwide, nearly 70 percent of urban roads and highways are congested.
Investing in transportation infrastructure helps keep business running smoothly. Plus, it helps create and sustain jobs. According to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, California’s transportation system regularly employs up to 350,000 skilled workers. Infrastructure projects support our state’s economic growth.