California Statewide Local Streets and Roads Needs Assessment
California's cities and counties own and maintain 81% of the paved miles in our state -- but don't receive nearly sufficient funding from the state to maintain this essential part of the California transportation network.
City and county streets and roads are the underpinning of California’s statewide transportation network. From the moment we open our front door in the morning to drive to work, bike to school, walk to the bus station, or buy groceries, we depend on our local streets and roads. Emergency responders and law enforcement rely on the network to save lives and keep us safe. It’s hard to think of a single aspect of daily life that doesn’t involve a local road.
An updated report on the assessment of the local streets and roads system was conducted in 2010 and 2012. The reports confirm that pavement conditions are deteriorating at a rapid rate putting drivers safety at risk.
The full report and more information is available on the Save California Streets website.
2012 Update - Local Outreach Toolkit!
On March 5, 2013, the League, California State Association of Counties, and Metropolitan Transportation Commission released the 2012 California Statewide Local Streets and Roads Needs Assessment (www.savecaliforniastreets.org). The report, published every two years, shows that there has been a steady downward trend in the pavement condition since 2008. It will take $8.22 billion annually over the next 10 years to bring the pavement condition and essential components such as storm drains, gutters, sidewalks and curbs of local streets and roads to the most cost effective maintenance level.
The study surveyed all 58 counties and 482 cities and covers an exceptional 98 percent of the local streets and roads system. For the first time, the report includes a first time in-depth study of bridge needs. The report shows that pavement conditions are deteriorating across California, and that while the costs are high for even the most basic repair and maintenance, the price tag for waiting is far higher, from both an economic and a public safety standpoint. Simply put, pay now, or pay much more, later.
Cities are encouraged to review the results of the study and the condition of the transportation system in their own cities. The League has prepared the following toolkit to assist cities in their presentations. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Whiting at email@example.com or (916) 658-8249.
A note on funding: As in the past, this project is being funded through contributions from stakeholders. Regional Transportation Planning Agencies have been asked to sponsor fifty percent of the cost of the 2012 assessment and the update in 2014, with cities and counties sharing equally in the remaining cost. It is essential that each agency contribute toward this project in order to demonstrate how critical this issue is to sustaining our state’s transportation infrastructure. If you have not yet submitted your contribution, please do so as soon as you can. If you need a copy of your invoice or more information, please contact Jennifer Whiting, Legislative Representative with the League of California Cities at (916) 658-8249 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your support of this very important project!
The following materials are provided to explain the report.
2010 Update Published February 2011
The following materials are provided to explain the updated report.
2008 Report Published October 2009
In October 2009, the first report in an ongoing series of comprehensive state-wide assessments of the local street and roads system was completed through the work of League of California Cities, California State Association of Counties, County Engineers Association of California, and other local transportation stakeholders. The findings were undeniable: The current condition places the local system at the edge of a cliff, and without a significant investment, the local streets and roads will fail.
The following materials are provided to both explain the report and help tell your own jurisdiction's story when speaking to fellow local officials, the media, and state leaders.