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City Officials Looking At 10-Year Program To Improve San Diego Roadways

A San Diego worker fills a pothole in the South Park neighborhood on April 29, 2014.
Claire Trageser
A San Diego worker fills a pothole in the South Park neighborhood on April 29, 2014.

City officials are looking at a 10-year program to improve the overall condition of San Diego's roadways, according to a report to be presented Wednesday afternoon to the City Council's Infrastructure Committee.

San Diego's 2,659 miles of asphalt streets, 115 miles of concrete roadways and 203 miles of paved alleys were given a 54.5 rating on a scale of 0- 100 in a 2011 assessment. The plan, according to the report, is to reach a rating of 70 by Fiscal Year 2025.

The current rating is right in the middle of the "fair" category, which is defined as having roadways with moderate cracking, some minor potholes, adequate driveability, and typically, a need for remedial repairs and a slurry seal, or a minor asphalt overlay that may include remedial repairs.

The 2011 survey found that 35 percent of city roadways were in "good" condition, 40 percent were "fair" and 25 percent were "poor."

"Since the condition assessment performed in 2011, 252 miles of streets have been paved and 475 miles have been slurry-sealed," the report says. "A new survey of pavement conditions is currently being conducted, and the results of this survey will be available in the fall of 2015."

According to various reports, Los Angeles, San Jose, San Francisco and Oakland all have better roadways than San Diego. Mayor Kevin Faulconer has set a goal of paving 1,000 miles of roadways in five years.

CIP Process Improvement
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer's proposed changes to how the city makes infrastructure repairs.
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The committee members will also be presented with suggestions on ways to streamline the city's capital improvement program and free up some money sitting in various accounts.

"The reforms being proposed are critical as the city spends the next decade rebuilding our neighborhoods," committee Chairman Mark Kersey said. "These are common sense reforms, such as putting contractor bidding online, eliminating duplicative environmental reviews, and establishing better coordination between departments."

The city can also scrutinize stand-alone projects that are "technically completed" to see if any money is left over and transfer any remaining funds to priority needs, and revamp the way funds are encumbered for specific projects, according to a staff presentation.

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