San Diego: Highway upgrades promised to voters headed for chopping block with SANDAG facing $10 billion shortfall

With sales-tax revenue sliding, top transportation officials have said the San Diego region will be short the cash needed to complete all of the highway improvements promised to voters in coming decades.

More than $30 billion in upgrades to major highway and transit projects are still slated for completion through 2048, and officials now estimate the region will be roughly $10 billion short.

Elected officials from Chula Vista to Oceanside, who serve on the San Diego Association of Governments, are now facing tough choices about which plans to keep and which to indefinitely shelve.

SANDAG collects the sales-tax money, known as Transnet, that funds the region’s large transportation projects, secures state and federal matching dollars, and oversees construction.