San Diego

Report Finds San Diego's Streets Have Improved in Past Years

The city is working on their goal of fixing 1,000 miles of streets over five years.

The overall condition of San Diego's streets has risen by more than 20 percent in the past several years, according to a new report. 

The report on the City of San Diego's roads, conducted by Cartegraph Systems Inc. over the past year and a half, marks the city's first assessment since 2011. 

The assessment found that the overall condition index (OCI) of the city's streets has dramatically improved in recent years, rising from a 59 in 2011 to a 72 in 2016. 

“The record level of investment we’ve made into fixing our streets is paying off for our communities,” San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said in a statement. “With our aggressive approach, we’re turning the tide to get San Diego’s name off the list of cities with the worst roads and on to the list of cities with the best roads. We’re going to keep paving until every neighborhood has smoother streets.”

A majority of San Diego's streets are now considered "good", falling somewhere between 70 and 100 on the OCI scale, according to the report. The mark puts San Diego ahead of other large California cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose. 

Since the city's initial assessment in 2011, City of San Diego officials have paved, repaired or replaced more than 1,300 miles of roads. That number is more than one third of San Diego's conbined street network of approximately 3,000 miles. 

The city is working on their goal of fixing 1,000 miles of streets over five years. 

“This report demonstrates how much progress we've made on repairing our streets and also what still needs to be done,” said Councilmember Kersey, Chair of the Infrastructure Committee, in a statement. “I join the Mayor in celebrating this good work and share his commitment to continuing down this positive path to safer, smoother streets free of potholes.”

According to the assessment, 60 percent of streets are in good condition, 34 percent are in fair condition and 6 percent are in poor condition. 

During the first assessment in 2011, only 35 percent of City streets were marked as good, 40 percent as fair and 25 percent as poor. 

The team working on the assessment drove down approximately 97 percent of all of San Diego's streets. 

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