LOS ANGELES — The League of California Cities is holding a rally Thursday to raise awareness about the state's dilapidated infrastructure.
California's local streets and road system have roughly $40 billion in deferred maintenance and repair needs, the league said. The local system has a $78 billion shortfall for the next decade and without additional funding, by 2024, one-quarter of all of the state's local streets and roads will be in failing condition, according to the Local Streets and Roads Needs Assessment.
The Sacramento rally is part of a national campaign from May 16-23.
The League will be joining the Fix Our Roads Coalition, which describes itself as a broad coalition of cities, county, transportation advocates, labor and business that formed to meet Gov. Jerry Brown's call to address California's chronic transportation infrastructure shortfall. T
The National League of Cities on May 16 released a report, "Paying for Local Infrastructure in a New Era of Federalism," which is a comprehensive study of the nation's infrastructure crisis.
The League of California Cities is participating in Infrastructure Week to help give greater attention to the fact that infrastructure is a critical issue that impacts all Americans, according to organizers.
"Americans rely on infrastructure for every facet of life from commuting, shopping and recreating to moving goods to turning on the faucet for water and flipping a switch for electricity," according to the California League's press release.