Construction starting on California gas tax-funded road work
Californians will see construction start this month on the first state road repair projects resulting from the new gas tax hike.
The tax increase doesn't take effect until November, but California State Transportation Agency spokeswoman Melissa Figueroa said Friday the state is able to begin work on 13 projects knowing that the money will begin flowing in soon. The initial projects are expected to cost roughly $43 million.
The most expensive project starting this month is a $10.1 million highway resurfacing project on state routes 40 and 95 in the Southern California county of San Bernardino.
Other road work includes a $4.4 million project to remove and replace damaged concrete, repave shoulders and ramps, and replace striping on nearly two miles of Highway 101 in Buellton.
Caltrans has also expedited 50 other projects, which include $9 million to resurface more than eight miles of Highway 101 between Templeton and Paso Robles, and $4.4 million to resurface nearly four miles of Highway 41 in Atascadero.
Click here to see a full list of the 50 projects. They are expected to begin construction during this fiscal year.
Lawmakers passed the tax increase this year. Republicans are working to repeal it through a ballot initiative.