ROLE OF THE LEGISLATURE, EXECUTIVE BRANCH, AND OTHER AGENCIES IN HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION PLANNING AND DISCUSSION

HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION PROGRAMMING AS RELATED TO STATE HIGHWAYS IN CALIFORNIA IS DESCRIBED. THE CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE HAS THE FOLLOWING POWERS WITH REGARD TO HIGHWAYS: (1) TO ESTABLISH A SYSTEM OF STATE HIGHWAYS, AND (2) TO PASS ALL LAWS NECESSARY OR PROPER FOR HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION OR MAINTENANCE. THE LEGISLATURE HAS DELEGATED MUCH OF THIS AUTHORITY TO THE EXECUTIVE ARM OF THE STATE GOVERNMENT AND TO THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY COMMISSION. CALIFORNIA STATE HIGHWAYS ARE FINANCED BY A FAMILY OF TAXES, CONSISTING OF TAXES ON MOTOR FUELS, ANNUAL REGISTRATION FEES APPLICABLE TO ALL VEHICLES, DRIVER'S LICENSE FEES, ANNUAL WEIGHT TAXES ON COMMERCIAL VEHICLES GRADUATED ACCORDING TO THEIR EMPTY WEIGHT, AND A TAX ON THE GROSS REVENUES OF FOR-HIRE MOTOR CARRIERS. FEDERAL-AID FUNDS PRESENTLY CONSTITUTE A LARGE PORTION OF THE CONSTRUCTION BUDGET IN CALIFORNIA. THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY COMMISSION IS A STATUTORY BODY OF SEVEN MEMBERS, INCLUDING THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS AS CHAIRMAN. THE SIX OTHERS ARE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR, WITH CONSENT OF THE SENATE, FOR STAGGERED FOUR-YEAR TERMS. THE FUNCTIONS OF THE COMMISSION ARE REVIEWED. THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS HAS THE FOLLOWING POWERS WITH RELATION TO HIGHWAYS: (1) THE DEPARTMENT SHALL HAVE FULL POSSESSION AND CONTROL OF ALL STATE HIGHWAYS AND ALL PROPERTY AND RIGHTS IN PROPERTY ACQUIRED FOR STATE HIGHWAY PURPOSES, (2) THE DEPARTMENT SHALL IMPROVE AND MAINTAIN THE STATE HIGHWAYS, AND (3) THE DEPARTMENT MAY DO ANY ACT NECESSARY, CONVENIENT OR PROPER FOR THE CONSTRUCTION, IMPROVEMENT, MAINTENANCE OR USE OF ALL HIGHWAYS WHICH ARE UNDER ITS JURISDICTION, POSSESSION, OR CONTROL. UNDER THESE PROVISIONS THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS LETS CONTRACTS AND ACQUIRES AND CONVEYS PROPERTY ON BEHALF OF THE STATE. REVENUES APPORTIONED FOR STATE HIGHWAY PURPOSES CAN BE ALLOCATED FOR EXPENDITURE ONLY BY ACTION OF THE HIGHWAY COMMISSION. THE DIVISION OF HIGHWAYS MAINTAINS AN UP-TO-DATE PLANNING PROGRAM THAT IS SUBMITTED ANNUALLY TO THE COMMISSION FOR APPROVAL. THE DIVISION OF HIGHWAYS OPERATES ON AN ANNUAL BASIS AND THE COMMISSION ADOPTS AN ANNUAL HIGHWAY BUDGET BASED UPON ANTICIPATED REVENUES FOR EACH FISCAL YEAR. EXAMPLES ARE GIVEN OF THE NECESSARY COORDINATION OF HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION PROGRAMMING WITH OTHER AGENCIES.

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  • Accession Number: 00200354
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 29 1994 12:00AM