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Roads in Sonoma, Mendocino, and Lake counties among worst in state

Most counties in California have local road systems that are at risk of failure due to deteriorating pavement conditions and other delayed upkeep, a new report concludes.

Sonoma County, which has struggled to fund road maintenance, is included in the "at-risk" group, while Mendocino and Lake counties were found to be even worse off, receiving "poor" marks for pavement condition.

Statewide, the 10-year maintenance backlog amounts to an $82.4 billion shortfall — equivalent to a 56-cent per gallon gas tax increase, the study found.

It does not call for any particular method to boost revenue for road upkeep, but concludes that without additional money, replacement costs will soar and "California's local streets and roads will continue to deteriorate rapidly within the next 10 years."

The report was released Tuesday by groups representing California counties, cities and transportation agencies and interests.


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