California Roads in Best Shape Since 2001: Caltrans

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    A new Caltrans reports finds California's roads are in their best shape since 2001. Nannette Miranda reports. (Published Thursday, Apr 3, 2014)

    A new Caltrans report finds California's roads are in their best shape since 2001.

    Officials said 84 percent of the state's roads are in good, operating condition thanks to voter-approved bonds and federal stimulus money totaling to nearly $4 billion.

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    "It was good that we had it. A lot of projects that had been waiting for funding got funded," Caltrans spokesman Bob Haus said. "And we took care of them  and they'll be good for years to come."

    Several motorists said they were surprised to hear of the report's claim.

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    "Well, there've been times I've driven on 101 where you kind of hit divots in the ground," Ben Campi said. "It feels like your windshield is going to break or something like that."

    Rebecca Carter's said her drive on Interstate 880 can be scary because the lane lines are fading.

    "It becomes confusing in the turn around Oakland -- what lane is where?" she said. "It's a free for all."

    State Sen. Jim Beall, who has spent years working on transportation issues, said California highway projects were given one-time funding. He doesn't expect the condition of the state roadways to last.

    "That money is gone. You don't have that money anymore," Beall said. "If we don't maintain the expenditures of maintenance money, things will slip back and things will get worse and worse."

    The Caltrans report does not take into account local roads, which local governments cannot afford to fix.

    "The local governments are far worse than the state," Beall said. "Really bad."