Friday, December 18, 2009

"Fundamentally it's really an issue of funding"

Check out these choice nuggets from a recent Tribune article.

"Bay Area roadways are in horrible disrepair, according to a new report that says state highways in Oakland and San Francisco are the second-worst in the nation and are only going to get worse without a significant infusion of cash."

And where will this money come from? The quick answer is the feds, which means China. Do they want to invest in better California roads? Are cars really the transport mechanism of the future? The Chinese seem to prefer bikes and trains in their own country.

"What's more, nearly 50 percent of Bay Area bridges and overpasses are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete."

Yes, half of all bridges and overpasses. Considering how there are more and more people living under these bridges and overpasses these days, someone should be concerned.

"With California's population continuing to grow, the state must improve its system of roads, highways, bridges and public transit to spark economic growth, avoid business relocations, and ensure the safety, the report said."

It's good news that people still want to come to California, and those people deserve better than outdated thinking.