LESS THAN THREE YEARS INTO FIVE-YEAR PLEDGE, SAN DIEGO CONTINUES RECORD PACE OF ROAD REPAIRS TO BRING SMOOTH STREETS TO NEIGHBORHOODS THROUGHOUT THE CITY
San Diego – Ahead of schedule on his pledge to fix 1,000 miles of street over five years, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer announced Tuesday that the City has repaired its 800th mile in less than three years – the result of a blistering pace for road repairs since he took office.
A decade ago, the City only repaired 25 miles of streets in an entire year. Now the City fixes nearly the same number of miles in an average month. Steps taken to speed up and streamline the process have included the addition of dedicated City staff, upgrades to the City’s conflict management tool to ensure work is not duplicated and an assessment in 2016 of all City streets to better prioritize projects.
“I’ve made road repair the City’s top infrastructure priority and our efforts to streamline and speed up paving projects are showing real results,” Mayor Faulconer said. “Smoother streets are bringing a sense of pride back to neighborhoods that have suffered from neglected roads for far too long. We still have more work to do and I want San Diegans to know that we’re not slowing down.”
This week crews surpassed the 800-mile mark by paving Mallard Street in the Broadway Heights neighborhood.
During his first State of the City speech in January 2015, Mayor Faulconer promised to fix 1,000 miles of streets over the next five fiscal years – from July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2020. At the current pace, the City will repair nearly 1,500 miles of streets, or roughly half of the City’s entire street network by 2020.
The completed street repair work includes approximately 562 miles of slurry seal, 234 miles of asphalt overlay and three miles of concrete streets.
In 2016, an independent assessment of City streets showed the overall condition index (OCI) of City streets had risen to 72 on a scale of 0 (lowest) to 100 (highest) – an improvement of more than 20 percent since a previous 2011 assessment rated the City streets at 59. A rating of between 70 and 100 OCI means the overall condition of streets is considered “good” — ahead of other major California cities, including Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose.