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Fix roads instead of laying new rail

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webmaster | 07/09/12

We recently took an RV trip to Yellowstone and had relatively good roads in all states except California. Much of the concrete on State Route 99 between Sacramento and Madera is in terrible condition, busted up and chunks missing. The southbound lanes especially are in very poor condition.

I thought about what a waste of money on this giant boondoggle high-speed rail when the state should be fixing these highways. I was pulling a 5th wheel trailer and was afraid this road was going to tear it up. The newspaper rack did come off the wall. I will bet many people have blowouts on some of that roadway.

Gov. Jerry Brown is pushing the high-speed rail and wants it come hell or high water. Of course, I don’t think he has kids that will be paying for it for many years to come. He is concerned with jobs, but they could put a lot of people to work fixing some of these highways.

Frank Bradford,


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