Caltrans hoping gas tax money will solve back log of road projects in San Joaquin County

Starting in November, a regular gallon of gas will go up by an extra 12 cents and when added up with other changes the state is expected to bring in about $5.2 billion a year. (April 17, 2017)

Alfonso Rojas of Jackson knows what it’s like to drive on a bad road.

“In my first truck I did because I used to go on the freeway a lot so there was a lot of potholes and actually one of them made a tire go flat," said Rojas talking at a gas pump on his way home near Lodi.

With the gas tax coming to a pump near you, Caltrans is hoping to rid the roads of pot holes with an infusion of cash to a back log of projects in the San Joaquin County and beyond.

“We can identify several, several areas that need to be prepared and unfortunately with the lack of funding we’ve had to put a lot of those projects on the back burner," said Cal Trans District 10 spokesman Greg Lawson.

One major project on the Caltrans wish list is Interstate 5 from 8 Mile Road to the Sacramento-San Joaquin County line, riddled with a patch work of pavement and potholes.

If the funding is there, this would be a re-paving project waiting for a fix since 2014.

Other wish-list projects include Highway 4 east of 99 to the Calaveras County line and Highway 4 from the San Joaquin County Line to Byron Road, both re-paving projects.

The Stockton Viaduct Bridge off Fremont Street near Downtown will either be repaired or replaced. Built in 1972, it’s heavily traveled on I-5 in the shadow of the Port of Stockton.

“Be a lot smoother ride for the general public and will definitely sustain the bridge for years to come," Lawson said.

Still, drivers like Sheldon Erickson, driving through Lodi from Fresno, is skeptical about another gas tax in the first place.

“Well I wish they use the tax for roads, not with all the other things they do with it. We already pay tax. I’m not sure why they’re adding more," Erickson said.

On the road to ruin, Cal Trans hopes new gas tax money will change the misfortunes of drivers everywhere.

© 2017 KXTV-TV


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