Santa Rosa, CA – September 26, 2017 – The Board of Supervisors approved funding and a plan for resurfacing 82 miles of roads in 2018 and 2019 at its September 26, 2017 meeting. From 2013-2019 the Board has committed $91 million of local funding to resurfacing roads that, when added to $21 million of state and federal funding, will bring the total to 384 miles of roads over the seven year period. The Board contributes more local funding to roads than any other county in California.
“These investments in roads reflect the priorities of our residents, and the improved infrastructure will benefit drivers, cyclists, our economy, and future generations,” stated Board Chairwoman Shirlee Zane. “We’ve combined reliable funding with good planning to fix roads at the end of their life-span, and maintain good roads to extend pavement life.”
The 82 miles will be funded with $28 Million, sourced from local discretionary dollars, including the Measure L Transit Occupancy Tax, and the new state gas tax (Senate Bill 1: Road Repair and Accountability Act). The robust program includes 25 miles of repairs and resurfacing on roads that were severely damaged in last winter’s storms, and 57 miles of other roads that were selected using criteria such as pavement condition, traffic volume, and access to public safety facilities.
The Transportation and Public Works Department will begin construction on the program in 2018, and it will continue through 2019. In addition to the new 2018-2019 construction, in 2018 Transportation and Public Works is planning to resurface 41 miles of roads that were originally scheduled for 2017, but were delayed primarily due to the winter storms.
Historically, road improvements are primarily funded through the state gas tax; however, due to years of stagnant funding, California’s roads needed an additional boost to address crumbling infrastructure statewide. In April 2017, the state passed Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act. Today, in addition to approving the 2018-2019 pavement plan, the Board of Supervisors announced that they will dedicate the first year of state funding, estimated to be $3.9 Million, to activities including resurfacing roads, ditching, and replacing culverts.
To see which roads are planned for resurfacing in the next two years visit sonomacounty.ca.gov/TPW/Roads/Services/Pavement-Preservation/.