Department of Public Works bond could bring improvements to San Francisco streets

After a half-decade without any improvements, the condition of San Francisco streets may finally be on the upswing.

For the fifth straight year, streets received a grade of 64 out of 100 for their pavement condition from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the region’s lead transportation agency.

But while The City hasn’t improved its score since 2006, the Department of Public Works is hoping that will change next year. A $248 million bond measure was approved by voters last November, providing Public Works with $65 million annually for street repair work for the next three years, agency spokeswoman Rachel Gordon said. Work funded by the bond began in March.

The 64-point score, which covers conditions up to last year, puts San Francisco in the “fair” category among Bay Area cities. Brentwood had the highest ranking at 86, and Larkspur’s 44 was the lowest.

With the bond money, Gordon said, San Francisco’s ranking will hit 65 by the time the next report is released in mid-2013. Public Works hopes to achieve a score of 70 in 10 years, although that will require additional investment, she said.

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