If The City’s streets are feeling a little smoother than usual, it’s not just your perception. San Francisco just set a new one-year record for street repavement.
The end of the fiscal year, June 30, marked the repair of 927 city blocks of streets by San Francisco Public Works.
The previous record was set in fiscal year 2013-14, when 913 blocks were treated. The year prior, 854 blocks were paved. Before passage of the three-year Streets Bond, San Francisco resurfaced about 400 blocks a year.
Streets along transit corridors and cycling paths got top priority for repair, according to public works spokeswoman Rachel Gordon.
“We hear complaints about the condition of the streets,” she said, adding, “We want people to know we hear their concerns.”
Much of The City’s recent roadway improvements have been funded by the 2011 voter-approved Road Repaving and Street Safety Bond, which is now nearing the end of its funding cycle for street paving.
The City’s newest budget allocated $136 million for the next two years to shore up the road work once the bond runs dry.
Street conditions and road quality are measured on a nationally standardized scale known as the Pavement Condition Index. Public Works reported a citywide average score of 67 on a scale of 100 for calendar year 2014, up from 66 the previous year.
If current funding levels and the pace of repaving efforts are maintained, public works estimates the citywide average score can improve to 70 in less than 10 years — the goal The City promised voters it would meet.
The average for California and the nation as a whole is 66.