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SACRAMENTO -- The roadways in the Sacramento region just got a report card, and results were bumpy.

"Unfortunately, too many of the transportation projects critical for Sacramento's have yellow and red lights,” Rocky Moretti of TRIP said.

TRIP is a non-profit transportation research group out of Washington, DC.

The group studied four major urban areas in our state for a year. They ranked the most needed projects, and color coded the need for funding with a traffic light.

Green for projects where funding was a go.

Yellow for those with some funding.

Red for those with little to no funding.

"Motorists in California bear the expense of additional vehicle repairs due to bad roads, suffers from our inability to reliably move people and goods, and our productivity is stifled by the hours sitting in congestion,” Executive Director of Transportation California, Will Kempton said.

On the list:

Number 1: To fix the pavement on our major streets and highways.

TRIP gave our roads a yellow light, saying there is an estimated $450 million pavement maintenance backlog.

Number 2: The need for bus and carpool lanes from Richards Blvd onto I-5 and Hwy 50.

Number 3: Extending regional transit's green line from Richards Blvd. to Sacramento International airport.

Both 2 and 3 got a red light.

Unlike San Diego and the Bay Area, none of Sacramento’s top 15 projects received a green light from TRIP.

This is the reason some local leaders are pushing for Measure B, a half-cent sales tax, that if approved will generate $3.8 billion over 30 years for Sacramento County.

"If you take the $3.8 billion of local match money, and assume that you can match other state and federal money, the overall construction and the things included in the expenditure plan, it's about 3 to 4 times that $3.8 billion,” Kerri Howell, Sacramento Transportation Agency Board Chair said.

The measure is proposed for the November ballot.