Suisun City Roadway Improvements
I’m Ed Smith, a Suisun personal injury lawyer. On April 27, 2017, leaders of Suisun City and Solano County traveled to Sacramento in order to deliver a unified message to state officials about transportation in Solano County.
Funding For Roadways
Executive Director of the Solano Transportation Authority, Daryl Halls remarked to reporters that the trip’s timing was great because funding had already been approved for improvements and maintenance to Solano roadways and transportation systems. Because of this, representatives of Solano County were able to focus on making their priorities for transportation projects clear to higher-ups in Sacramento.
Halls also commented on the cohesiveness of Solano representatives, noting that Solano is fortunate to have a group of supervisors and mayors who all agree on issues of transportation.
Funding and Timeframe
A $5-billion-per-year plan to boost the vehicle and gas taxes and pay for major repairs to roadways was approved by California lawmakers earlier this month. The legislation was supported by Governor Jerry Brown, who has lobbied for additional funding for fixing roadways for years.
The additional taxes, which are expected to raise about $50 billion over a period of 10 years, include a 12-cent increase to tax on gasoline, a 20-cent increase to tax on diesel fuel, a fee for new vehicles which will cost drivers somewhere between $25 and $175 dollars on a sliding scale that depends on the vehicle’s value, and a $100 dollar annual tax on vehicles with zero emissions.
Supervisor Jim Spering noted that the taxes will be implemented in November and, also, that Solano drivers will start seeing improvements to their roadways before the end of the year. Vacaville Mayor, Len Augustine added that road repairs have been delayed for years due to lack of funding will finally come to pass.
Improvements in Suisun and Solano
In addition to improvements to roadways in Suisun itself, the county plans to take on large projects that will affect commuters using the main highways in the area. These projects include extending the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane that currently stops in Fairfield all the way through Vacaville, improving westbound I-80 truck scales, and finally finishing construction on the Cordelia junction.
Augustine told reporters that these improvements are expected to have a wide-reaching positive impact across the county, as they will allow Travis Air Force Base, which is the county’s single largest employer and contributor to the local economy, to thrive.
Suisun Personal Injury Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Suisun personal injury lawyer. Auto accidents can happen without any warning, and often have serious consequences. If you, or a family member suffered a serious injury, please contact me at (707) 564-1900 in order to get free and friendly advice. You can also contact me without toll by calling (800) 404-5400.
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