Sacramento Struggles with Infrastructure Funding

Jan. 31, 2024
The city's $800 million maintenance backlog is preventing timely repairs.

Sacramento's 3,000 miles worth of roads are filled with cracks, bumps, and potholes, and transportation officials say the money is not there to address them. 

A report from said the city spends $12 million a year on infrastructure with many of the worst roads located in historically disadvantaged neighborhoods. 

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Matt Robinson, public information manager from the Sacramento County Department of Transportation, told CBS News the county does not have the budget to address roads with the department's $800 million maintenance backlog. 

Robinson added that the department tries to take care of the worst areas first to ensure roads are passable, but the best course of action would be to take up bad roads and start over. However on a fixed budget, as much is not currently plausible.

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