Liisa Lawson-Stark with the California League of Cities says the quest for dollars to fix roads will be a competitive one….and they’re advising cities to look for projects that have a larger, regional focus. That includes non-highway improvements:
“It’s not going to do us any good if we expand the capacity of the highway system but people are still taking 45 minutes to reach the freeway, so we’ve been encouraging them to also look at those kinds of projects.”
Included in the 20 billion dollar bond is money for congestion improvement, goods movement, air quality and port security. The California Transportation Commission will allocate much of the funding….but some will also require legislative approval through the budget process.