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Caltrans wastes gas tax money

The recent TheUnion front-page article that originated from the Association Press reporting that our California Highway system is the worst of the nation by TRIP leaves many questions unanswered.

There are more cars in our state than any other state in the union. The motoring public pays more in gasoline taxes per gallon than most states, which is to be used to keep our roads in repair. So why do we have the worst highways in the nation?

And here is the rest of the story, most of it anyway:

Three years ago, the University of North Carolina, issued the results of a national survey done on the very subject of the condition of our national highways.

California ranked No. 48 as the worst in the nation.

But California was No. 1 in several other categories:

— California had more Caltrans employees per mile than any other state.

— California Caltrans owned more rolling stock per mile than any other state, and of that vast numbers of equipment, only 21 percent is used daily…

— California Caltrans has more equipment yards, to take care of the iceplants and bushes, per mile than any other state (certainly not to fill the potholes).

— California Caltrans replaces more of their rolling stock each year with very low mileage than any other state…

Makes you wonder who is controlling Caltrans’ spending of our gasoline tax money. And that’s the rest of the story.

Frank Devitt

Penn Valley

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