Monday, October 29, 2018 - NEWS RELEASE
San Diego – Making good on his pledge to make road repair the City’s top infrastructure priority, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer was joined Monday by City Councilmembers Mark Kersey and Lorie Zapf to announce crews have fixed 1,000 miles of streets in a three-year period – a record pace for road repair after decades of neglect by past City leaders.
In 2015, Mayor Faulconer pledged to fix 1,000 miles of streets over five years – and then tripled funding for streets and implemented operational reforms to speed up repairs. Those changes allowed the City to reach Faulconer’s goal nearly two years ahead of schedule earlier this month when crews repaired the 1,000th mile on a residential street in the Pacific Beach neighborhood.
“One thousand miles represents our commitment to improving the quality of life in our neighborhoods, restoring pride in our communities, and building a better future for all San Diegans,” Mayor Faulconer said. “This is really 1,000 miles and counting because we’re going to keep paving until every street in every neighborhood gets fixed. This is great start and we know there’s a lot more work to do.”
A decade ago, the City only repaired 25 miles of streets in an entire year. Now the City fixes nearly the same number of miles in an average month.
The historic pace of road repair is largely the result of operational changes made at Mayor Faulconer’s direction to speed up the road repair process, including:
- Tripling funding for road repair
- Implementing changes to hold contractors accountable for the quality of their work
- Sending street crews on a rotating basis into each council district to fill potholes
- Expanding the City’s infrastructure program to have the capacity to fix more than 300 miles of street annually
“Repaving 1,000 miles ahead of schedule is an achievement the whole City can celebrate and reflects our continued commitment to rebuilding San Diego,” said Councilmember Kersey, Chair of the Council’s Infrastructure Committee. “With the help of the City Council’s first-ever Infrastructure Committee, we’ve cut bureaucratic red tape and prioritized funding to put neighborhood road repairs first. We will move on to the next thousand miles and keep going until San Diegans have the smooth, reliable streets they deserve.”
During his first State of the City speech in January 2015, Mayor Faulconer promised to fix 1,000 miles of streets over the next five fiscal years – from July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2020. At the current pace, the City is on target to repair nearly 1,500 miles of streets, or roughly half of the City’s entire street network, by 2020.
“Since December 2014, I have been proud to have over 110 miles of roads paved in our beach and bay communities,” said Councilmember Zapf. “Mayor Faulconer’s dedication to improving our roads has made this all possible.”
Residents can monitor the City’s progress for themselves at the City’s Streets SD website and report potholes and other road issues using the Get It Done app via smartphone or computer.
In 2016, an independent assessment of City streets showed the overall condition index (OCI) of City streets had risen to 72 on a scale of 0 (lowest) and 100 (highest) – an improvement of more than 20 percent since a previous 2011 assessment rated the City streets at 59. A rating of between 70 and 100 OCI means the overall condition of streets is considered “good” – ahead of other major California cities, including Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose.
An updated streets assessment is scheduled for next year.
CONTACT: Christina Chadwick at (619) 865-3622 or [email protected]