A contractor is using an “artificial turf” technique to fix roadways in California, but critics say it is a waste of taxpayer money.
The project, called “Road Repair California,” is part of the state’s $1.2 billion road-repair program and is the latest example of a growing trend of artificial turf projects across the country.
The work is being done on a small stretch of Highway 101, near San Bernardino, where crews are installing new pavement and a road-widening feature.
The new pavement will extend the roadway and add a barrier to protect the median from vehicles traveling at a speed of up to 45 miles per hour.
“It’s a big project and a huge expense,” said John J. Smith, president of the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority.
“We have to do it, but we have to go to the cost that is acceptable to the public and the county.
The county is going to get paid, but it’s a very small price.”
But the effort to fix California’s highways has been controversial, with the public facing calls to scrap the project and to stop wasting taxpayer money and taxpayer resources on such projects.
Critics have questioned whether the artificial turf project is necessary and said it is unnecessary to address the state of California’s roads.
“They’re doing it in a vacuum,” said Mark B. Korte, president and CEO of the California Association of Governments.
“The reality is, we have a backlog of over 30,000 miles of roads that need to be repaired.
We have a serious backlog of more than 50,000.””
This is not an easy project,” Kortes said.
“This is a major undertaking that will take a significant amount of time.”
Critics also have questioned the state Department of Transportation’s funding of the project, arguing that it is being funded by the county and local governments.
The county has a budget of $500 million for road projects, according to the department.
Kontes said that while the county is providing the funding, the state is not.
“The county and the state have a joint authority,” he said.
The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) are responsible for funding the project.
The DOT has received funding from the federal government, but the CHP is the only federal agency involved.
Smith said the CHPs plan is to provide an advisory group with input from public agencies and contractors on how the project is being handled.
The advisory group will also review the project’s cost and other factors before finalizing the project plan.
He said the department has no comment on whether the county should halt the project or not.
But in a statement to Fox News, the CHPS said it has reviewed the project but has no further comment.
Smith and others who have criticized the project say the project could be costly, as the county will pay for some work that could have been done by private contractors.
“We can’t afford to do this,” Smith said.
“I know we’re not going to be able to afford it,” he added.
“But the people that have done this work, they’ve been willing to work for that money, and they have the resources.”
A spokesman for the California Department of Water Resources (CDWR) said the agency has no role in approving or overseeing the project nor does it have the authority to intervene in the county’s decision to halt the work.”CDWR has been supportive of the road-improvement program in California for many years,” said Mike Dickey, a spokesman for CDWR.
“CDWR and its local agencies have invested millions of dollars in road projects and are committed to maintaining our state’s transportation infrastructure.”
The project will also involve a contractor from China.
“If the contractor is going in and fixes the road and fixes any of the structural issues, the contractor will get a certificate of participation,” said Bode Trenley, director of public policy for the Californian Association of Contractors.
“They’ll get an official designation as a contractor, and we’ll give them a certificate to sell to another state.”
The CA Department of Fish and Wildlife and the CA Department on Water are both involved in the project along with the San Diego Fire Department.
The state DOT said in a news release that the project will help maintain “roadways that are in good condition and meet our high standards for safety, efficiency and sustainability.”
The DOT has said that the projects will help ensure that “high quality, affordable and reliable roads remain available for all motorists and visitors alike.”
California is the second-largest road-building state in the country, according a report from the Federal Highway Administration.
It has built over 300 miles of road in 2017 alone.