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Quarter Of San Diego Streets Need Major Repairs

Aired 11/16/11 on KPBS News.

San Diego’s crumbling streets create some bumpy rides for city drivers. A council committee will hear today just how bad the roads have gotten.

— An audit of San Diego’s streets found 25 percent are in poor condition. Streets are determined to be in poor condition if they have severe cracking, numerous potholes and may need to be totally rebuilt.

The number of poor streets has tripled since a decade ago, when only 9 percent of streets were considered in need of extensive repair. Meanwhile, the percentage of streets considered to be in good condition has fallen to 35 percent in 2011, from about 50 percent in 2001.

Mayor Jerry Sander’s office has said the bad economy often meant money for street repairs was diverted to other things. San Diego’s own financial problems mean it wasn’t able to borrow money to fix the streets for several years. The city has since re-entered the bond market and has borrowed money for road repairs.

Sanders says he wants to streamline the process of getting street repairs started. Sanders has been criticized for dragging his feet on road repair in recent years.

City Of San Diego: 2011 Street Condition Pavement Report

Above: A report on the conditions of San Diego streets from the city's Transportation and Storm Water Department.

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Avatar for user 'steveb'

steveb | November 16, 2011 at 8:55 a.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

Who cares about the streets? We need to build a new stadium for the Chargers! Lets do the important things first.

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Satariel | November 16, 2011 at 12:06 p.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

I agree with steveb! Our Boys need a new stadium so they can win games! The current stadium is causing them to lose games because... because... wait, why would a stadium effect a teams performance? It is just a grass field with seats around it.

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