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By Henrietta J. Burroughs                    Follow East Palo Alto Today on
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October 11, 2017                     EPA Today Facebook page Follow epatoday on Twitter EPA Today Blog Icon


Photo of a road paving
 Photo courtesy of https://mtc.ca.gov


According to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the quality of the local streets and roads in the Bay Area is improving.  The MTC conducted a study in 2016, which looked at 43,000 lane miles of local streets and roads throughout Bay Area cities and counties.

The results of the study, which were released this September, showed that out of a maximum possible 100 points, there was an average pavement condition index (PCI) score of 67. This score is a one-point improvement over the regional average of 66 points, which was derived from measurements of the PCI taken from 2009-2015.

The MTC report shows that of all of the cities studied, with the exception of Dublin, East Palo Alto stood out “for showing the biggest increase in its average PCI score.”  East Palo Alto is being praised for raising its score of 57 in 2015 by 15 points to 72 in just one year.

MTC Chair Jake Mackenzie said, “MTC’s goal is to boost the average PCI score on local streets and roads to 75 points or higher. So it’s good to see the needle move in the right direction. But the typical Bay Area street is still pretty worn and likely to soon need some serious work.”

The MTC study showed that several cities in the Bay Area scored above the 75 point goal. Dublin in Alameda County topped the list of Bay Area pavement rankings for the 2014-16 period with a PCI score of 85. Dublin will be recognized “for having best overall pavement management strategy of any jurisdiction in the Bay Area,”

Some cities such as Brentwood, Colma and El Cerrito (84); Clayton (83); Foster City and Union City (82); Palo Alto (81); and San Ramon and unincorporated Solano County (80), had PCI scores that were “very good.”

Larkspur in Marin County got the lowest PCI score of 41 for 2014-2016. Other cities that received rankings in the”poor” range include Petaluma (46), Martinez (48) and unincorporated Sonoma County (49).

Readers can get the complete 2016 Bay Area Pavement Conditions Summary, which shows the percentages of local roadways that are in excellent, very good, poor and failed condition, and a listing of average PCI scores for “the arterials, collector roadways and residential streets” that are located in all Bay Area counties and cities at https://mtc.ca.gov/sites/default/files/PCI_16.pdf.

According to the release which can be seen on the MTC website at  “MTC’s Vital Signs website www.vitalsigns.mtc.ca.gov/street-pavement-condition provides even more detailed information on pavement conditions in each of the Bay Area’s nine counties and 101 cities, including both block-by-block analysis and a record of every municipality’s average PCI score for each year from 2003 through 2016. Those interested in a deeper look at the challenges facing the region’s local street and road network are invited to visit the MTC website at www.mtc.ca.gov/whats-happening/news/street-fight-overview and click on the link for a 2014 multimedia piece entitled “Street Fight: The Ongoing Battle for Better Bay Area Pavement.”