Roads and infrastructure are a top concern across the region and a top priority for me. This year, I launched the Building Better Roads initiative, which has quickly gained national attention for its innovative approach to fixing our roads. Through the formation of a working group built of industry leaders and regional stakeholders, we were quickly able to identify and implement efficient, cost-effective, and sustainable strategies to pave more lane miles while saving taxpayer dollars.
In 2004, San Diego County taxpayers approved a 40-year extension of TransNet, a half-cent sales tax to fund the San Diego Association of Government’s (SANDAG’s) Regional Transportation Plan through 2048. SANDAG promised voters it would use the money to expand freeways, among other things. Now SANDAG wants to divert that money from important projects like the long-awaited expansion of State Routes 52, 56, 67, 78, and Interstate 805. That is not what voters agreed to. I oppose any amendments to the TransNet ordinance that divert promised road funds. In addition to relieving traffic congestion, history has shown that we need reliable and efficient roads so emergency personnel can quickly get in and residents can safely get out during wildfires and emergencies. Without these necessary road improvements, our freeways will continue to be clogged and it is just a matter of time before we experience catastrophic loss.