When he announced this year's budget, Gov. Jerry Brown noted that the state had a $59 billion infrastructure backlog, much of it having to do with the state's transportation system. And while traffic speeds may be slowing down, what's not slowing down is the number of vehicles, numbered at over 35 million a year, that travel on California's highways, some of which are more than 60 years old.
The problem is compounded by the fact that the main source of money to add new capacity and fix state highways -- the tax Californians pay at the pump -- is bringing in less money as cars and trucks become more fuel-efficient.
What needs to be done to fix California's highways? We'll ask Steve Takigawa, Caltrans deputy director of maintenance and operations, Anthony Simbol, the deputy legislative analyst at the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office, and Dan Walters, a Sacramento-based political columnist covering state politics.
Watch the video above for the complete Maddy Report that aired on Sunday, August 16, 2015.
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