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League Staff Presents Local Street and Roads Needs Assessment Update

February 27, 2015
Two hearings held this week provided the League and transportation advocates the opportunity to bring attention to the deteriorating condition of the state’s local streets, roads and other vital transportation infrastructure.
 
During the hearings, League staff presented committee members the results of the 2014 California Statewide Local Streets and Roads Needs Assessment. The report represents a collaborative effort between the League, the California Association of Counties and other transportation stakeholders to provide critical analysis and information on the condition of the state’s local transportation networks.   
 
League Assistant Legislative Director Jennifer Whiting highlighted several key findings from the report, including:   
  • To bring the average pavement condition of the state’s local streets and roads into a state of good repair, or Best Management Practices, the investment in pavement maintenance would need to increase by more than four-fold.
  • Investment needs to more than double the existing expenditure in street and road maintenance to keep conditions from deteriorating further.
  • It costs 12 times less to maintain a pavement in very good condition, compared to a pavement that is at the end of its service life.
  • By 2024, 25 percent of the state’s local streets and roads will be in failed condition.
  • Under the existing maintenance investment level, the state’s average local street and road Pavement Condition Index is projected to drop from 66 to 55 by 2024.
  • The maintenance investment needs for local street and road “essential components” — such as curb ramps, storm drains, streetlights and signals — is $31 billion over the next 10 years, and there is an estimated funding shortfall of $21 billion.
  • The total statewide local bridge needs are estimated at $4.4 billion over the next 10 years.
Video of both hearings is available online via the California Channel.


 
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