Outstanding City Street Project Finalists
The Save California Streets
Coalition announces the winners of its annual Outstanding Local Streets and Roads Awards Program, highlighting a street infrastructure project or program that has demonstrated a significant improvement in your community’s street system. The coalition comprises a number of organizations including the League of California Cities®
and the California State Association of Counties.
Awards are being presented during the Public Works Officers Institute conference on March 28–30 in Monterey. They will also be featured later in 2018 in Western City
, the League’s monthly magazine.
View the 2018 Local Streets and Roads Outstanding Awards brochure
to see a full list of winning projects.
California Local Streets and Roads Update Released
The 2016 California Statewide Local Streets and Roads Needs Assessment Report (2016 Report) released once again confirms the deteriorating condition of the city street and county road system that makes up more than 80 percent of California’s roadways and is the backbone of the statewide transportation system. The full assessment can be found at www.SaveCaliforniaStreets.org.
Public Works Officers' Member Interest Form
The 2016 Report confirms pavement conditions continue to decline due to insufficient funding levels to properly fix and/or maintain streets, roads, bridges, sidewalks, storm drains and traffic signs. Deferring this crucial work, however, is not an acceptable response; inaction will likely double the cost of repairs in the future, and impede efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollutants.
The California State Association of Counties® (CSAC) and the League of California Cities® (League) collaborated on the assessment along with the state’s regional transportation planning agencies. Produced every other year since 2008, the 2016 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.
The 2016 Report underscores how critically important it is that California develop a transportation funding solution. On a scale of zero (failed) to 100 (excellent), the average pavement condition of local roads is a 65 or an “at risk” condition. Moreover, only six counties have pavement in “good” condition compared to 16 counties in 2008. Accordingly, the number of counties with pavement conditions in the “poor” or “at risk” category has grown from 42 in 2008 to 52 in 2016. In 10 years, it is projected that 22 percent of local streets and roads will be in failed condition.
Over the next decade, absent a significant new public investment, the 2016 Report found that the local system is facing a $73 billion funding shortfall to bring pavements into good condition, address deficient bridges, and fix essential components such as storm drains, sidewalks, and signage. It is estimated that $3.5 billion is needed annually just to maintain local streets and roads in their current condition; however, current funding lags behind at just $1.9 billion per year. To bring local streets and roads to optimal condition would take an estimated $7 billion annually.
Because the funding crisis is so great, many local jurisdictions are passing local revenue measures to support their local streets and roads. There are more than a dozen such measures on this November’s ballot. However, these local taxes are not enough and must be matched by a new robust state investment in the entire road and highway system.
Below is a toolkit that local agencies may use to communicate the information contained in the report to their city councils, residents and the news media.
City/County Tool Kit
The Public Works Officers’ Department needs members to volunteer for various committee assignments throughout the year. If you are interested in serving on a committee and would like to be contacted as opportunities arise, please fill out this Member Interest Form.
Becoming an active member will help the Public Works Officers’ Department have a greater impact on shaping state level policy affecting cities, help develop best practices for the public work profession, and ensure the effective leadership in cities.
Click here for the form.
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.