Californians drive on the worst roads in the nation, spend roughly $12 billion a year in vehicle-operating costs due to poor road quality, and live where approximately half of the highways are considered congested. It’s no secret: California’s transportation infrastructure, mostly built in the late 1950s, is in desperate need of repair. Last year, voters took matters into their own hands by passing Proposition 1B, a $20 billion bond intended for safety improvements and repairs to state highways, freeway upgrades to reduce congestion, and local road repair, among other safety improvements.
The Proposition 1B infrastructure improvements place an increased demand on the state and local agencies responsible for carrying out the work. According to the Legislative Analyst’s office, “Particularly in the short term, the state may be unable to recruit, hire and train a sufficient number of staff