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Drop in gas tax worsens strain on SLO County infrastructure projects

Caltrans District 5
Projects like the recently-completed Los Osos Valley Road and Highway 101 interchange would likely not see adequate state support under the current funding crisis.

California drivers hitting the roads this holiday weekend will see a bit of relief at the pump as the state's gas tax dropped Friday by a couple of cents. 

But, some Central Coast leaders say this latest drop just makes a bad situation worse.

San Luis Obispo Council of Government (SLOCOG) Regional Planning Division Chief James Worthley told KCBX that funding for future projects—like the recently completed Los Osos Valley Road-Highway 101 interchange—is drying up quickly.

"Those monies are available for the next interchange next year or five years from now," said Worthley. "It's going to be a very different picture of what we can do—or really what we can't do—for transportation investments."

Several local counties, including San Luis Obispo, Monterey and Ventura are working to add a sales tax to make up for the drop in funding.

Santa Barbara County already approved and re-approved a tax years ago making it a "self-help county."