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How Caltrans will spend your gas tax money




Cars on Highway 101 in Los Angeles.
Cars on Highway 101 in Los Angeles.
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Californians are going to be paying more at the pump.

That’s because of the transportation bill recently passed by the California Legislature. But the tax also means changes are coming to state roads in need of repair. At least, that’s the thought behind an ambitious plan from the California Department of Transportation, or Caltrans.

Plans include a $2.6 million project starting this month to resurface more than three miles of the 605, or San Gabriel Freeway, between El Monte and West Covina. L.A. County’s Route 1 will get $7.2 million towards a pavement preservation project, and Route 14, also known as the Antelope Valley Freeway, will take $3.5 million to resurface roads between Newhall Avenue and Friendly Valley Parkway. Ventura County will see a $2.8 million road resurfacing project for Highway 101. Interstate 710 in Long Beach was promised a similar plan for $2.3 million.

Larry speaks to the director of Caltrans to find out more.

Guest: 

Malcom Dougherty, director of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)