Gov. Brown Faces Rough Road in Quest to Repair State Freeways

Every day, California drivers navigate an obstacle course of potholes and cracked pavement, and a wrong turn of the wheel can send them limping to a mechanic. Maintenance crews can’t keep up.

After years of neglect, state officials estimate it will cost $59 billion to fix the now-crumbling roads and freeways that Gov. Edmund G. “Pat” Brown championed more than five decades ago. And it’s up to his son, Gov. Jerry Brown, to find the money.

Until now, Brown has focused on building what he hopes will be his own transportation legacy: a $68-billion bullet train connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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