The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, was passed April 6 in Sacramento to rejuvenate the transportation construction environment in California for the next 10 years. It will provide more than $5 billion annually for repairing California’s crumbling system of streets, highways and bridges, and mass transit.
Based on numerous studies, which estimated that as many as 13,000 new jobs are created for every $1 billion spent on highway infrastructure, this should result in more than 65,000 jobs annually. This includes direct jobs for construction as well as indirect jobs created by suppliers and induced jobs gained in the local economies by those jobs.
The legislation, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, SB 1 (Beall), invests $52.4 billion over the next decade statewide – split equally between state and local investments. While there were some last minute modifications to the bill this provides a general overview of what was passed. (Times Publishing Group)
$15 billion in “Fix-It-First” local road repairs, including fixing potholes
$7.5 billion to improve local public transportation
$2 billion to support local “self-help” communities that are making their own investments in transportation improvements
$1 billion to improve infrastructure that promotes walking and bicycling—double the existing funding levels
$825 million for the State Transportation Improvement Program local contribution
$250 million in local transportation planning grants
$15 billion in “Fix-it-First” highway repairs, including smoother pavement
$4 billion in bridge and culvert repairs
$3 billion to improve trade corridors
$2.5 billion to reduce congestion on major commute corridors
$1.4 billion in other transportation investments, including $275 million for highway and intercity-transit improvements.
“SB 1 updates an obsolete revenue system that fell behind the spiraling maintenance demands of more than 357,000 lane miles of state, city, and county roads,”
“By investing in the repair of the infrastructure that millions of Californians rely on every day, the state is also generating and sustaining hundreds of thousands of jobs and our infrastructure and expanding pre-apprenticeship and job training in the state,” said Beall. “It will take 300,000 smog-spewing diesel trucks off the roads, eliminating 90 tons of nitrogen oxides and three tons of toxic diesel soot per day. In addition, $700 million will be available for mass transit projects that will reduce the cars on the road.”
Sen. Jim Beall, chairman of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee and author of the bill, said in a statement.