Bay Area roads no better no worse in 2014, report says

Since last year, the quality of Bay Area roads and streets hasn't changed much, according to new data released today by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

The report, which relies on 2014 data from all nine counties in the region, concluded that the Bay Area's nearly 43,000 lane-miles of streets and roads scored an average ranking of 66 out of 100 on a pavement condition index.

Among the Bay Area's three largest cities, San Francisco led with an average score of 66, while San Jose came in second with 62 and Oakland came in last with an average score of 59.

“One of MTC's long-held goals is to get the local street or road network in every one of our cities and counties to a PCI score of 75 or better,” MTC chair and Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese said in a statement.

“We can take heart that we're not losing ground, but we have a long way to go and still have a lot of work to do before this goal can be met,” Cortese said.

According to the report, cities that averaged some of the best scores in the region included Belvedere (80), Clayton (80), Portola Valley (80), Foster City (81), Union City (81) and El Cerrito (81). The two cities with the highest average score, 86, were Brentwood and Dublin.

Jurisdictions with the lowest rankings included Orinda (49), Vallejo (47), Petaluma (45), St. Helena (45) and unincorporated Sonoma County (45). The city of Larkspur had the lowest ranking in the region with a score of 40.

Larkspur public works director Mary Grace Houlihan said in a statement, “The primary focus of our pavement improvement effort has been to improve residential streets.” In addition to a city implemented ordinance calling for a vehicle impact fee for garbage trucks to offset the increased road maintenance, Houlihan said the city will also give a majority of the funds generated from voter-approved Measure C, a half-cent added to the general sales tax on each dollar of taxable sales, to local road rehabilitation.

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