County’s road repairs rapidly falling behind

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County’s road repairs rapidly falling behind

first_imgPALMDALE – Los Angeles County needs hundreds of millions of dollars to repair its deteriorating streets and roads, the county’s top public works official said. About $300 million is needed to repair existing potholes and other road damage, plus an additional $70 million annually for ongoing maintenance, but only $15 million is expected to be spent every year, Public Works Director Donald L. Wolfe said. “We are falling behind at a rapid pace,” Wolfe told members of the Palmdale Chamber of Commerce at a luncheon Wednesday. The county’s road fund was hit by $100 million worth of damage done to streets and roads by 2005 storms, he said. It also lost gasoline sales tax revenue diverted by the state to ease its own budget crunch. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe storm-repair costs are likely to affect county road repair funds for several years, he said. The county’s property tax revenue is expected to jump from rising property values, but there are no plans to put that money into streets, he said. County officials have asked Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s staff to add $2 billion for local roads and streets to the $222 billion state infrastructure plan that the governor failed to get on the June ballot. The state bond measure could go before voters in November.last_img read more

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