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ROAD REPAIR IN A RUT INDUSTRY REPORT RANKS CALIFORNIA FIRST IN DETERIORATION, LAST IN REPAIRS.



Byline: Dana Bartholomew Staff Writer

California now ranks first in the nation for crumbling and congested con·gest·ed
adj.
Affected with or characterized by congestion.


congested ENT adjective Referring to a boggy blood-filled tissue. See Nasal congestion.
 highways, that cost each driver an extra $558 a year in car repairs, a study released Thursday said.

The roadbuilding industry report, which put the Golden State No. 3 last year and the year before for its cracked and potholed pot·hole  
n.
1. A hole or pit, especially one in a road surface. Also called chuckhole.

2. A deep round hole worn in rock by loose stones whirling in strong rapids or waterfalls.

3. Western U.S.
 tarmac, now ranks it worse than Louisiana and Massachussetts.

``Simply put, we have a once-great system that is now worn out because we haven't made the effort to maintain it,'' said Larry Fisher Larry Fisher (born August 21, 1949) is a Canadian man who was convicted in 1999 of a murder he committed in 1969.

On January 31, 1969, Gail Miller was raped and murdered in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
, executive director of Transportation California, a road-building advocate and sponsor of the study.

``Obviously, we've got to do better - this is the greatest state in the greatest nation, with the poorest roads.''

The Transportation California report for road conditions last year was conducted by The Road Information Program, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank funded largely by the road-building industry.

Its road conditions study, normally published each spring, was timed to help launch Proposition 42 - a March ballot initiative that would earmark earmark

taking a piece out of the edge or center of the ear with a punch as an identification mark. The shape of the mark may be registerable under local legislation.
 $1.2 billion in gasoline tax Noun 1. gasoline tax - a tax on every gallon of gasoline sold
excise, excise tax - a tax that is measured by the amount of business done (not on property or income from real estate)
 revenue to improve roads, bridges, highways and public transportation.

State transportation officials, while in support of the proposition, questioned the method and accuracy of the Transportation California report. They have characterized it as ``the fox guarding the henhouse'' for benefiting from the system.

California roads, of which 48,000 miles are managed by the state, are excellent, they maintain.

``We've got maintenance people seven days a week - if they see potholes, they're filled right away,'' said Margie Tiritilli, a Caltrans spokeswoman based in Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. .

``I drive all the time and don't encounter poor roads. The only problem I see is heavy traffic congestion The condition of a network when there is not enough bandwidth to support the current traffic load.

congestion - When the offered load of a data communication path exceeds the capacity.
.''

The report, which could not pinpoint roads and highways List of articles related to roads and highways around the world. International/World
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  • European route
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Australia
 marred by neglect, did find:

--Of the 168,000 miles of major roads in California, 37 percent were in poor condition - marked with large potholes, ruts and cracks. Mediocre roads in need of extensive repair accounted for an additional 35 percent.

--Three of every 10 of the state's overpasses and bridges were structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.

--By spending $82 per capita [Latin, By the heads or polls.] A term used in the Descent and Distribution of the estate of one who dies without a will. It means to share and share alike according to the number of individuals.  on public roads last year, California invested less than any other state, including Illinois ($94), Michigan ($106) and Minnesota ($108). The national per capita was $157.

--California drivers paid an average of $558 a year on wheel alignments and other repairs because of poor highways, up from $354 the previous year.

Researchers stressed that poor road and bridge conditions did not necessarily render them unsafe. California roads, which TRIP ranked third worst in the nation for two years running, dropped to last place because of ``more inclusive'' Federal Highway Administration The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is a division of the United States Department of Transportation that specializes in highway transportation. The agency's major activities are grouped into two "programs," The Federal-aid Highway Program and the Federal Lands Highway  criteria, the report said.

``If California improved road conditions by half, it could save each motorist $215 a year, with $4.7 billion saved statewide,'' said Frank ``Rocky'' Moretti, research director for TRIP.

Unfortunately, he added, ``the problem faced by California motorists took many years to get to this point and will take many years of investment to improve our roads and highways.''

The answer, according to according to
prep.
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

3.
 road-building and highway advocates, is Proposition 42.

If approved by voters, the constitutional amendment would extend a directive by Gov. Gray Davis to spend gasoline sales taxes on transportation, including $1 billion for maintenance and repairs.

His $6.8 billion Traffic Congestion Relief Program, instituted last year, ends in 2008.

The proposition, supported by Davis and state Assembly Transportation Committee Chairman John Dutra, D-Fremont, would contribute $1.2 billion to $1.5 billion to the roughly $15 billion spent statewide on transportation.

State transportation programs would get 40 percent of the money, with local cities, counties and special projects getting 20 percent each.

In Los Angeles County, Proposition 42 funds would help widen the notorious San Diego San Diego (săn dēā`gō), city (1990 pop. 1,110,549), seat of San Diego co., S Calif., on San Diego Bay; inc. 1850. San Diego includes the unincorporated communities of La Jolla and Spring Valley. Coronado is across the bay.  and Ventura freeways interchange and build a San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley

Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills.
 busway along the Burbank/Chandler corridor.

In Ventura County, revenues would help widen Highway 23 between Moorpark and Thousand Oaks and widen Highway 101 between Ventura and Oxnard.

The California Teachers Association The California Teachers Association (CTA), initially established in 1863 as the California Educational Society, is by far the largest teachers' union in the state of California. It is considered by many to be the most powerful union in California.  and Service Employees International Union have reportedly fought the measure on grounds it would strip gas tax revenue currently earmarked for education.

Representatives for both unions were on holiday this week and could not be reached for comment.

United Teachers Los Angeles President Day Higuchi said he had no position on Proposition 42.

Proponents counter that, while sales tax money would be spent on roads in lieu of other programs, not a dime would be robbed from education because of special accounting procedures that guarantee a share to public schools.

CAPTION(S):

photo, 2 charts

Photo:

(color) According to a new study, California has the worst roads in the nation and spends the least on repair and maintenance.

Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press

Chart:

(1) BAD ROADS

Taxpayer money earmarked for road construction and repair.

SOURCE: Transportation California, State Department of Finance

(2) BAD ROADS

California tops the list of worst roads in the nation.

SOURCE: Transportation California
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