Teaford, Newman Honored for Service
Bonnie Teaford of the City of Burbank and Robert Newman of the City of Santa Clarita were named co-winners of the James L. Martin Award on March 27, 2015. The award spotlights individuals who make a significant contribution both to the field of public works and the League of California Cities.
Teaford is the current president of the Public Works Officers Department, Newman a past president. Both have served on League policy committees, as presidents of the Los Angeles City / County Engineers Association and in leadership positions with the Southern California chapter of the American Public Works Association.
The award is named for Jim Martin, a public works professional for 35 years who led the department in 1970-71.
California Local Streets and Roads Update Released
The biennial California Statewide Local Streets and Roads Needs Assessment was released on Oct. 28, 2014, and the results were alarming. The condition of the system that makes up more than 80 percent of California’s roadways is on the path to failure. The biennial survey confirms pavement conditions are declining and finds that existing funding levels are insufficient to properly fix and/or maintain streets, roads, bridges, sidewalks, storm drains and traffic signs. Deferring this crucial work, the report predicts, will likely double the cost of repairs in the future, and impedes efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollutants.
The report is a collaboration between the California State Association of Counties, the League of California Cities and the state’s regional transportation planning agencies. Produced every other year since 2008, the 2014 report surveyed California’s 58 counties and 482 cities and captured data from more than 99 percent of the state’s local streets and roads. It was released on the heels of the TRIP Report in September 2013, which found that a mere 25 percent of California’s major urban roads and highways are in good condition.
California’s local street and road conditions continue to decline. The Needs Assessment uses a scale of zero (failed) to 100 (excellent) to rate pavement condition. Conditions have deteriorated since the first survey six years ago when the statewide average was 68. Today it’s dropped to 66, which falls into the at risk category. Of California’s 58 counties, an alarming 54 have streets and roads that are either at risk or ranked in poor condition. In 10 years, it is projected that 25 percent of local streets and roads will be ranked poor.
The financial numbers behind this report are startling. In the next 10 years it is estimated that the local system will have a $78.3 billion funding shortfall. Existing funding for California’s local streets and roads is just $1.7 billion annually but $3.3 billion is needed just to maintain the current statewide average rating of 66. However it would take $7.3 billion annually to bring the state’s local streets and roads into a safe and reliable condition. These figures do not take into account the $31 billion needed in the next decade for curb ramps, sidewalks, storm drains, street lights and signals. Further, there is a funding shortfall of $1.3 billion to maintain the safety and integrity of California’s 11,863 local bridges.
The full report and more information is available on the Save California Streets website.
Department Releases Informational Brochure
Do you want to know more about what the Department does? Are you wondering who is running the Department these days? Well, you're in luck! The Public Works Department recently released a new Informational Brochure on department activities. You can download a copy of the brochure here.