They’re Fixin’ the Road

Posted: October 25, 2008 in Bicycle Advocacy, Bicycling

A couple of days ago I was driving to work (late — long story) and I got stuck in traffic on PCH because of some road work. It looked like they were re-striping the road so the only thing that I really thought about was that it took me 30 minutes to drive 1 mile.

A day later I was riding on the same stretch of road when I noticed that part of the shoulder on the northbound lane was “chewed up” in the way that they normally do when they are going to repave the road. For those of you familiar with the area, this is the stretch of PCH north of 2nd Street / Westminster Blvd up past Loynes Drive.

By coincidence, I found out at a (Long Beach) city forum that CALTRANS decided to repave that section of PCH. My question is, “Why!!!???

I can think of a lot of other roads of sections of PCH over which CALTRANS has jurisdiction that need repair much more than that section of road. Is this really the best use of our tax dollars? Doesn’t California have a significant budget problem?

Of course, this is all water under the proverbial bridge since they already started chewing up the road. I just wish that somehow the would do a better assessment of the roads so that they can set better priorities.


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