June 4, 2016

San Leandro Has Worst Roads in Alameda County

A report by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission released on June 1, 2016, found that the condition of San Leandro's roads are now the worst in Alameda County. The Pavement Condition Index (PCI) for San Leandro was 56 in 2015, down from 57 in 2014, and lower than any city in Alameda County. The average condition of Bay Area roads increased from 66 to 67.

According to a press release, "PCI scores of 90 or higher are considered “excellent.” These are newly built or resurfaced streets that show little or no distress. Pavement with a PCI score in the 80 to 89 range is considered “very good,” and shows only slight or moderate distress, requiring primarily preventive maintenance. The “good” category ranges from 70 to 79, while streets with PCI scores in the “fair” (60-69) range are becoming worn to the point where rehabilitation may be needed to prevent rapid deterioration. Because major repairs cost five to 10 times more than routine maintenance, these streets are at an especially critical stage. " The MTC established a goal of 75 for the region's PCI in its Transportation 2035 Plan.

San Leandro's PCI has been declining from a high of 64 in 2004 as San Leandro has failed to allocate the estimated five to six million dollars needed annually to maintain the condition of San Leandro's roads. The continuing decrease in the condition of San Leandro's roads is despite millions in additional revenue from a quarter-cent sales tax increase in 2010 (Measure Z) and a half-cent sales tax increase in 2014 (Measure HH) that were supposed to help improve roads. The Measure HH language on the ballot stated, it would be used "To protect/maintain local services, including...repairing potholes/maintaining residential streets."

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at June 4, 2016 9:36 AM | TrackBack
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