San Diego infrastructure report

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Once again, our elected officials are reminding us how bad our roads and highways are, but what they’re not saying is when this multi-billion dollar problem will become a top priority.

In Sacramento, the failure to address this problem has become comical, but California drivers are not laughing.

The Assembly Republican Caucus has produced a video of a stuffed animal, a bear who spent three days behind the wheel to experience the frustration of gridlock and driving on our poor roads and highways.

Meet Dave the Bear, whose prodding the Democrat controlled legislature to act on a bill that’s been on the agenda since a special session on transportation only was held more than a year ago, but has been stuck in legislative gridlock.

No surprise that Democrats are blaming Republicans for not entertaining new taxes as the gas tax revenues decline.

Republicans counter by saying you’re not spending the money you have wisely.

Roads and highways are critical to maintaining the health of our state and local economy, yet the backlog of repairs is $60 billion and growing, not counting billions in San Diego.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer is addressing road repairs more aggressively than his predecessors, but the mayor opposes SANDAG’S half cent increase in the sales tax for infrastructure that’s on the November ballot.

While Sacramento twiddles its thumbs, cities and counties are forced into a position of asking their voters to consider tax hikes to fix the problem locally.

Vehicle repairs are costing San Diegans an average of $1,900 a year.

Councilmember Todd Gloria chairs SANDAG’S transportation committee.

"A growing consensus is developing among policy makers as well as civic business, and business leaders that more must be done to improve our transportation network," he said.

The news conference was to detail a study by the National Transportation Research Group — or TRIP — on the road conditions in California and San Diego.

Gloria never mentioned SANDAG’S ballot measure.

"This cost of road and bridge improvements are more than offset by the reduction of user costs associated with driving on rough roads, the improvement of business productivity, and the reduction in delays as well as the improvement in traffic safety," he said.

Rocky Moretti did the research and he said 46 percent of the roads in this region are in poor condition and traffic will only increase in the future.

"And now we’re into an era of significant increases in travel, and high levels of traffic congestion in addition to an aging infrastructure that’s crumpling it really adds up to a crisis here in the San Diego area that needs to be addressed," Moretti said.

But cities and counties cannot do it along. They need help from the state, and they need it before this legislative session ends on August 31. 

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