The CTC commissioners were very receptive to the news that the local system continues to show a steady downward trend in pavement condition and offered to help get the word out to the Legislature and voters.
Released in March, the biennial report shows that it will take $8.22 billion annually over the next 10 years to bring the pavement condition and essential components (storm drains, gutters, sidewalks and curbs) of local streets and roads to the most cost-effective maintenance level.
Cities and counties own and maintain 81 percent of California’s roads. These byways underpin California’s statewide transportation network. It’s hard to think of a single aspect of daily life that doesn’t involve a local road. People use local streets and roads on a daily basis to drive to work, bike to school, walk, travel to retail outlets and much more. Emergency responders and law enforcement rely on the network to save lives and keep people safe.
The 2012 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 throughout California. The costs for the most basic repair and maintenance are expensive. However, the report shows that delaying this work will result in much higher costs in the future from both an economic and a public safety standpoint.
Cities are encouraged to review the results of the study and the condition of the transportation system in their own cities. Sample press releases, letters to the editor, and PowerPoint presentations can be found on the League website.