`Rapidly’ deteriorating, county roads face $300 million bill for repair work

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. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe storm-rxx/xxepair costs are likely to affect county road repair funds for several years, he said. Los Angeles County property tax revenue is expected to jump from rising property values, but there are no plans to put that money into streets and other infrastructure, 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 could go before voters in November. The state bond proposal earmarked money for state highways and transit projects, but not for local streets, Wolfe said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more