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Pacifica Roads Considered in Fair Condition

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission just released its annual survey of Bay Area road conditions.

If you've cruised along the roads in Pacifica lately, you've been driving on some of the most mediocre roads in San Mateo County. 

The Metropolitation Transportation Commission just released its annual Bay Area Pavement Conditions Survey and concluded that Pacifica's roads received a "Fair" ranking.

Colma, San Bruno, Millbrae, San Carlos, and Menlo Park also fell into the "Fair" category. Half Moon Bay, Belmont, Woodside and East Palo Alto fell into the "At-Risk" category, and Foster City was the only city in San Mateo County to receive a "Very Good" score. 

However, the rest of the Bay Area cannot boast the same ranking. 

"The pavement on the Bay Area’s 42,600 lane-miles of local streets and roads remains in 'fair' condition, with the typical stretch of asphalt showing serious wear and likely to require rehabilitation soon," according to a press release.

"Unless local voters decide pavement conditions are an important priority, city and county governments will be doing well just to keep their streets and roads in current condition."

On a scale of 0-100, Bay Area roads were given a 66 rating. In San Mateo County, we're in a bit better shape, with a 76 rating calculated over a three-year moving average.

Where are the best roads in the Bay Area? Brentwood — in Contra Costa County — was given a 86 rating. The worst? Larkspur, in Marin County, and St. Helena, in Napa County, each received a rating of 44, considered 'poor' in ranking.

Here are the rankings of cities in the latest survey:

Pavement Condition Index (PCI) for San Mateo County, 2011

City Total Lane Miles 2006 2007 2009 2010 2011 Very Good (80-89) Foster City 121 82 83 82 81 81 Good (70-79) Atherton 106 68 69 73 77 79* Daly City 254 70 73 75 77 77 Portola Valley 71 64 63 67 73 77** Redwood City 354 74 76 77 78 77 Brisbane 57 70 73 76 77 77* Burlingame 162 68 72 75 77 76 San Mateo 412 61 67 70 73 72* Hillsborough 164 64 66 69 71 72 South San Francisco 296 67 71 72 73 72 Fair (60-69) San Mateo County 625 65 67 68 69 69 Colma 23 67 72 67 65 68* Menlo Park 200 62 62 62 63 68 San Carlos 175 68 69 70 67 65* San Bruno 178 62 64 63 63 63 Millbrae 125 60 57 57 59 62 Pacifica 188 64 60 59 59 60 At-Risk (50-59) Half Moon Bay 54 55 59 61 62 59* Belmont 135 61 61 61 60 58* Woodside 96 62 60 57 57 58* East Palo Alto 80 60 56 52 53 53*

Three-year moving average score is an estimate based on inspections done in 2010.

Correction: The original article did not report any cities below a "Fair" rating, when there are actually four.  

 

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Dan Beatty November 15, 2012 at 09:51 PM
My road is in poor condition: potholes, grass growing through the cracks, no drainage or storm sewer system, bumps and dips. Also no safe edge for parking, no curbs and no sidewalks. The only places this would be considered "Fair" condition would be in the 3rd world.
JTB November 15, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Clearly, just one lousy point away from "at risk", Pacifica doesn't exactly have bragging rights in SMC. Strange to see relatively wealthy communities like Woodside and Belmont doing worse than Pathetica. Their Councils, city staff and residents should hang their collective heads in shame. I am reminded every AM about our great roads as I turn right (westbound) on to Hickey from southbound Skyline and am met with a series of deep potholes directly in front of Fairmont Mall. After I come to, I angrily let out my usual, "Hit me again Pacifica, it feels so good when you stop!" morning salutation. If Pacificans just had the money, chiropractors could make a killing here.
I fixxy Pacifica November 16, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Pacifica had a PCI of 70 in 2004. According to my friend Keri Santos, we have had the worst drop in road conditions for any city in the region. No coincidence this was all during the hippie/Vreeland era. Bad roads are bad for the environment.
Dan Robinson November 16, 2012 at 05:54 AM
Does anyone know how many (any?) street-maintaining public works employees have been laid off since, say, June? Asphault itself is cheap.
Keri Santos November 17, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Obviously no one drove down Linda Mar Blvd, or in the back of Vallemar and saw how bad the roads really are.
Dan Robinson November 17, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Hmmm. My crystal orb says that by next June, when a new parcel tax will be on the ballot, we'll all be crying, "Fix our roads! Tax me! Tax me"
Lance Armstrong November 17, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Anyone notice how perfectly, and I mean PERFECTLY, paved all of the miles and miles of Pacifica bike paths are? Is it because of all of the attention they get from the extreme enviros who run this city and can't spend enough taxpayer money on them or is it because they are rarely, if ever, used? You decide...
Keri Santos November 17, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Measure A money went to fix the trails..hmmmm never mind the grand jury doesn't care what happens in Pacifica.
Keri Santos November 17, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Sorry hit submit too soon. The taxpayers are finally starting to catch on. No more tax money for these yahoo's at city hall. Put all the tax measures and do the sad song and dance, the public has been taxed enough.

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