A report that proposes a 10-year program to improve the overall condition of San Diego’s roadways was forwarded by the Infrastructure Committee on Wednesday to the full City Council for consideration.
San Diego’s 2,659 miles of asphalt streets, 115 miles of concrete roadways and 203 miles of paved alleys were given a 54.5 rating on a scale of 0- 100 in a 2011 assessment. The plan, according to the report, is to reach a rating of 70 by Fiscal Year 2025.
The current rating is right in the middle of the “fair” category, which is defined as having roadways with moderate cracking, some minor potholes, adequate driveability, and typically, a need for remedial repairs and a slurry seal, or a minor asphalt overlay that may include remedial repairs.
The 2011 survey found that 35 percent of city roadways were in “good” condition, 40 percent were “fair” and 25 percent were “poor.”
Road conditions are one of the main things constituents talk about with their elected representatives, Councilwoman Lorie Zapf said.
“It’s one of the most visible things that they see and feel in their cars, and it’s just there every time you leave your house,” Zapf said. “I think fixing our streets — it’s not only something the public sees visible results of our work product here right away, but it makes the city just look better for the tourists and everybody.”
The report said that since the condition assessment performed in 2011, 252 miles of streets have been paved and 475 miles have been slurry-sealed. A new survey of pavement conditions is underway and the results of the survey are due this fall.
Kris McFadden, the director of the city’s Transportation and Storm Water Department, said the results of this year’s assessment will give them a better indication of how far they have to go to reach their goal.
According to various reports, Los Angeles, San Jose, San Francisco and Oakland all have better roadways than San Diego. Mayor Kevin Faulconer wants the city to pave 1,000 miles of roadways in five years.
— City News Service
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