Bad roads just aren’t acceptable–but the norm in California

Out of fifty states, California is rated either the second or fourth worst in the nation, based on national surveys and reports.   Go anywhere is the State and you will see freeways being worked on, but in total it is a minor portion of the problem. Billions are being spent on roads—but hundreds of billions will be spent on buses, trains and high speed rail—money that does not exist, except by going deeper into debt. For instance California is going to spend $350 million to create in the next fiscal year bike and walk trails—money that could be used to fix our roads.

Democrats want gas taxes to go up, many want a 9.5% oil “severance” tax added on. Money will not go to roads—it will go to trains, bike, and horse and walk trails, plus buses. That is why government is asking for more money—to make up for what it diverts.

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Bad roads just aren’t acceptable

Lompoc Record, 3/27/14


California highway conditions are among the worst in the nation.

The latest data from the California Transportation Department confirms the worst-in-the-nation claim, although things have improved in recent years.

Officially, 16 percent of the state’s 50,000 miles of highway lanes are considered to be in “poor” condition. Unofficially, we’d have to say that the percentage of bad roads most of us have to drive on is higher than 16 percent.

Bad road conditions lead to all kinds of other problems. One of those is what a road with bumps and potholes can do to your vehicle. Repair shops may adore those neglected highways, but your wallet won’t.

About Stephen Frank

Stephen Frank is the publisher and editor of California Political News and Views. He speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows. He is a fulltime political consultant.


  1. askeptic says

    In the Fifties, CA had roads that were to die for, things of beauty that transportation engineers the World over came to admire, and speak wondrously of.
    Now, thanks to policies instituted under The Giant Turkey (Adrianna Gianturco) during Moonbeam’s first iteration as Glorious Leader, we have crap. Soon, travel time for a Franciscan Friar from Mission San Diego to Mission San Francisco will rival that available to a 21st-Century traveler.

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