California Statewide Local Streets and Roads Needs Assessment
The 2018 California Statewide Local Streets and Roads Needs Assessment Report (2018 Report) confirms that cities and counties can improve the local streets and roads system with new dedicated funding, providing safer and more efficient transportation options for all Californians.
Cities and counties have already begun to arrest the historical deterioration that has occurred on the local transportation network, and according to Nichols Consulting Engineers (NCE), the engineering firm that conducted the study, an $18.4 billion funding shortfall can be reduced over the next decade.
Produced every other year since 2008, the 2018 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 League of California Cities®, the California State Association of Counties® and the state’s regional transportation planning agencies collaborated on the assessment.
The 2018 Report underscores the importance of California’s ability to maintain existing levels of dedicated transportation funding, or risk continued decline of the state’s transportation system. If transportation funding is reduced to less than existing levels, the local streets and roads system will once again be in crisis — to the tune of a $12 billion funding shortfall for pavement repairs and an increase in the number of roads in failed condition nearly 29 percent. The full assessment is available at www.SaveCaliforniaStreets.org.
The infusion of new revenues from The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (SB1), has allowed cities and counties to begin stabilizing the average condition of local roads, and lift a significant percentage of the network from an at-risk into good condition, the 2018 Report found. These revenues also enable cities and counties to make safety improvements; employ technological efficiencies that reduce the cost of future repairs; reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollutants; and expand pedestrian, bicycle and transit access and opportunities. For many years, California cities and counties have endured a significant funding shortfall to maintain local streets, roads and bridges. Without these essential revenues, the system will fall into an even greater state of disrepair and cost Californians billions of dollars more in the long-run.
The analysis conducted by NCE found that the statewide average pavement condition, measured on a scale of 0 (failed) to 100 (excellent), is a 65, which is considered “at-risk.” Some areas of the state have an average pavement condition as low as a 37, squarely in the “poor” condition. The ideal road score is an 85 as it is the most cost-effective condition in which to maintain a road and which saves taxpayers money. If transportation funding is cut, the 2018 Report quantifies that the average road condition would drop a full 8 points to 57, which is on the brink of a “poor” average statewide condition. The lower the score, the more expensive road repairs become.
The 2018 Report continues a decade-long effort by California’s cities, counties and regional transportation planning agencies to understand the condition of the local transportation infrastructure and funding needs. The city street and county road system makes up 85 percent of roadways in California and provides the backbone of the statewide transportation system.
Visitors to www.SaveCaliforniaStreets.org will find an interactive map showing the street and road condition for every California county and city.
Oustanding Local Streets and Roads Project Awards
2016 Call for Nominations
The Outstanding Local Streets and Roads Project Awards Program was developed to recognize and raise awareness of the exceptional achievements made by California's cities and counties to preserve and protect the public's investment in the local street and road system. Nearly every trip - whether by car, bus, bike or foot - begins and ends on a local street or road. The local system is critical for the safety and mobility of the traveling public, emergency responders, law enforcement, the economy, and multimodal needs such as bicycles and buses.
Background and Awards Categories
The Awards Program highlights cities and counties that are employing projects, programs, practices, and innovative technologies and materials to achieve safety, preservation, and sustainability goals for the statewide local street and road system. Their exceptional work is worth recognizing and replicating!
The call for nominations information will be available in the next few weeks and will be published in CA Cities Advocate. Contact Meghan McKelvey for questions about the program.
2016 Local Outreach Toolkit
2014 Local Outreach Toolkit
2012 Local Outreach Toolkit
2010 Local Outreach Toolkit
2008 Local Outreach Toolkit