In a rare reversal of a long-standing trend, gas prices in the Sacramento area and throughout California remained stable last week while the rest of the nation saw a significant increase.
The Bee's ongoing investigation into California Department of Transportation testing and construction has prompted changes in how state government safeguards bridges and roadways.
Joel Sayre, a former spokesman for the Bay Bridge project, brought concerns about corroded skyway tendons to The Bee in November 2011.
The National Transportation Safety Board recommended Tuesday that states lower their threshold for drunken driving with the goal of reducing alcohol-related fatal crashes, which have held steady for much of the past 15 years.
As predicted by analysts, Sacramento-area gas prices took off over the past week.
Safety improvements to Highway 70 in Plumas County will result in continuous one-way traffic in the Feather River Canyon causing up to five-minute delays, said Trisha Coder, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Transportation.
Hang on, gas prices are heading up to $4 a gallon once again.
The Federal Aviation Administration will keep open for now the 149 control towers at small airports including Sacramento Executive Airport that were slated to close as the result of governmentwide automatic spending cuts imposed by Congress, the Transportation Department said Friday.
Area gasoline prices, which have been slowly falling in recent weeks, stayed locked in place last week.
Continuing a trend dating back to 2006, gasoline consumption in California declined in 2012, according to the California Board of Equalization.
The average retail price of gasoline in the Sacramento area fell another 1.1 cents to $3.80 a gallon over the past week, according to national price tracker GasBuddy.com, which surveys 720 stations in the area.
The Sacramento region made Cars.com's annual list of U.S. cities with the most eco-conscious car shoppers.
The average retail price of gasoline in the Sacramento area fell another 2.9 cents to $3.81 a gallon over the past week, according to national price tracker GasBuddy.com, which surveys 720 stations in the area.
Sacramento International Airport officials said the facility was largely unaffected Monday by the air traffic controller furloughs blamed for a cascade of flight delays on the East Coast.