Orange County Roads Ranked No.1in California

Photo Courtesy of www.latimes.com

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Orange County roads are the best in the state, according to a survey by the State of Roadways released today, the report was put together by the League of California Cities, and the California State Association of Counties regional transportation planning agency, according to the

Road pavement is evaluated e the pavement on a scale of 0-100. Pavement with a score of 70 or higher can be maintained through way less expensive techniques including a little bit of slur sealing. While pavement with a lower score of 70 have more expensive treatments that cost a lot of money and take a lot of time. In Orange County, the need for repairs over the next decade is estimated to be $2.7 billion. Orange County scored a 77 on the evaluation while the state average was 66, reported cnn.com.

According to Orange County Transportation Authority Chief Darrell Johnson, the survey was a clear indication of the sales tax called measure M. “The voters placed a very high priority on maintaining good streets and roads,” Johnson said. “We now are seeing the absolute return on the investment on the streets and roads program.”

OCTA is spending around $70 million dollars a year into fixing and constructing our roads. Placer County had the higher score on the survey since it came out in 2008 but Placer County has fallen 10 points to a score of 69. Cecilia McAdam executive director of the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency stated that one reason for the drop is the lack of local sales tax, reported cnn.com.

Caltrans has said “that with an increase in fuel efficiency and the advent of electric vehicles which pay no gas tax, officials need to study better ways to collect revenue from those who use the road.”