Asphalt trucks and paving equipment on Mallard Street. Photo by Chris Jennewein

Mayor Kevin Faulconer traveled to a crumbling street in southeast San Diego near the Lemon Grove border Tuesday to celebrate the 800th mile of street repairs since he took office.

“A fresh-paved street makes a huge difference in the quality of life,” Faulconer said, as semi-trucks filled with hot asphalt lined up on Mallard Street in the Broadway Heights neighborhood. “What the city was doing in road repair in a year, we’re now doing in a month.”

In 2015 mayor vowed to fix 1,000 miles in five years, and will reach that goal almost two years early.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer next to an asphalt truck.

“We still have more work to do, and I want San Diegans to know that we’re not slowing down,” Faulconer said.

Kris McFadden, director of the transportation and storm water department, said the city is now repairing and repaving 200 to 300 miles a year. Since the city has a total of 2,700 miles of paved streets, that’s equivalent to about 10 percent annually.

“Within 10 years, we’re really doing most of the repairs that are needed,” he said.

Street maintenance had declined to just 25 miles annually in the wake of the pension funding crisis in the last decade.

Completed street repairs to date under the mayor’s accelerated program include 562 miles of slurry seal, 234 miles of asphalt overlay and three miles of concrete repair.

Residents can check the progress of the street repairs on the city’s Streets SD website.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.