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SB-319 State highways: Department of Transportation: German autobahn report.(2019-2020)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.
 (a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(1) Interstate Route 5 (I-5) and State Route 99 (SR 99) are integral components of California’s highway system and provide means of long distance travel for Californians. The Department of Transportation maintains and improves the state’s transportation systems, including I-5 and SR 99.
(2) The High-Speed Rail Authority was formed to address the increasing strain placed on California’s highways by the state’s growing population. Increased traffic flow damages roadways and adds to congestion on highways.
(3) A November 2018 California State Auditor’s report on the High-Speed Rail Authority found that the authority has secured $12,700,000,000 of the estimated $77,300,000,000 that represents the total cost of the high-speed rail system, which is projected to be completed in 2033. The report further found deficiencies in planning, contract management, policy enforcement, and goal monitoring, for which the auditor made recommendations.
(4) The German autobahn has proven to be a reliable national highway system, with lower traffic accident and death rates than highways in the United States.
(5) Traffic congestion increases the emissions of greenhouse gases as it causes automobiles to idle longer while on roadways.
(b) It is the intent of the Legislature to provide Californians with a viable alternative to the high-speed rail system project by providing them with access to high-speed, unabated transportation across the state.
(c) It is further the intent of the Legislature to decrease traffic congestion and thereby decrease the emissions of greenhouse gases caused by automobiles.

SEC. 2.

 Section 148.5 is added to the Streets and Highways Code, to read:

148.5.
 (a) The department shall, on or before January 1, 2021, submit a report that includes policy recommendations to the Legislature and the California Transportation Commission on any potential advantages of the German autobahn system compared to California’s state highway system and on the feasibility of implementing those potential advantages in California.
(b) The report shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following information:
(1) The construction standards for the autobahn’s roadways, including, but not limited to, all of the following:
(A) Pavement specifications.
(B) Lane widths.
(C) Highway shoulder placement and size.
(D) Rumble strip placement and size.
(E) Speed restrictions.
(F) Barrier placement and frequency.
(2) The safety statistics for traffic accidents on the autobahn.
(3) The various state-specific speed limits for state highways in the United States.
(4) The locations along Interstate Route 5, as described in Section 305, and State Route 99, as described in Section 399, where lane capacity can be increased.
(5) Recommendations regarding the feasibility of incorporating autobahn construction standards into California’s state highway construction standards.
(c) (1) A report to be submitted pursuant to subdivision (a) shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(2) Pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code, this section is repealed on January 1, 2025.