Caltrans May Delay Construction Projects

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCBS)_ $3 billion in road construction projects around the state may have to be put on hold.

A state budget impasse is forcing Caltrans to re-think some of its spending decisions. 

Spokesman Matt Rocco says it’s pretty simple really, not enough money is coming in to the agency to continue paying for road improvements

“We’re delaying new projects now and trying to keep the current projects going,” says Rocco.

But that might not be possible if the protracted budget stalemate in Sacramento continues, say into late September, or early October.

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“There’s about $9.5 billion in current projects that’s shovels in the ground projects and we may start seeing a delay,” Rocco added.

One of the bigger projects in the Bay Area that is already being pushed back is the installation of carpool lanes through the Novato Narrows.

Metropolitan Transportation Commission spokesman John Goodwin says people wanted to see that project completed about 10 years ago, but because of the less than stellar economy, there won’t be much of a penalty when the construction finally resumes.  

“Ordinarily the equation is that time equals money. In this case perhaps that equation is suspended as well,” Goodwin added.

But any delays will take dollars out of the hands of construction workers and that’s not a good thing.

We are now six weeks into the new fiscal year, the fifth longest in state history.

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