SF road conditions improved slightly, report finds

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The condition of San Francisco roadways improved only slightly last year, according to a report released by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission on Wednesday.

The Pothole Report, which computes a Pavement Condition Index score for each municipality in the Bay Area on a scale of zero to 100 as a three-year moving average, ranked The City’s roadways at 70 points in 2017, up from 68 points the year before.

That places San Francisco just barely in the “good” category, which covers scores from 70 to 79. Scores in the 60s are considered “fair,” indicating the roads may need rehabilitation to prevent rapid deterioration, the report said.

“MTC’s goal is to bring all of the Bay Area’s transportation assets into a state of good repair,” said MTC Chair Jake Mackenzie in a written statement. “The typical Bay Area street is still pretty worn and likely to soon need some serious work. I hope voters will keep streets and roads in mind when they consider Proposition 6 on the November ballot.”

If passed, Proposition 6 would roll back a gas and diesel tax increase passed last year, and require voter approval for future fuel taxes. The increased tax was intended to raise revenue for transportation infrastructure.

The city of Larkspur in Marin County scored the lowest in the Bay Area with 42 points, placing it in the “poor” category, indicating they require major rehabilitation or reconstruction, the report said.

Oakland’s score dropped to 55, down one point from the previous year, placing it squarely in the “at-risk” category.

Daly City, Colma and Foster City all ranked in the 80s, classifying them as “very good.”

The average score for all 43,000 lane-miles of local streets and roads in the Bay Area was 67, unchanged from last year.

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