After years of under investment, the condition of San Francisco streets fell to an all-time low five years ago, leaving more than half of San Francisco’s roads in need of repair or repaving. However, thanks to greater investment in roads made possible by the voter-approved 2011 Road Repaving and Street Safety Bond, our streets have been improving. Public Works treated and resurfaced a record 927 blocks in the 2015 fiscal year, meaning smoother travels for people driving, riding buses, and bicycling across the city.
Despite our progress, we still have a ways to go before we reach the goal of bringing our streets up to an average “good” condition score. The remaining cracks and potholes on our city streets add wear and tear to our vehicles, costing drivers hundreds of extra dollars in maintenance and repairs every year. Poor road conditions also contribute to Muni’s maintenance challenges and the vulnerability of all road users, including people walking, using wheelchairs and riding a bicycle.
We have seen steady improvements in paving conditions thanks to the 2011 Road Repaving and Street Safety Bond, but the Bond was a one-time investment that has now run out. The Transportation2030 plan calls for invest in our roadways by creating a long-term, dependable funding source for repairs and improvements. Funds would go toward road maintenance, repair and streetscape projects throughout the city, allowing us to fix potholes, smooth road surfaces and save money in the long term by avoiding the costly construction required to rebuild a more deteriorated roadway.
With the new funds, we would be able to:
- Repave and repair hundreds of neighborhood blocks every year, bringing smoother streets to every San Francisco neighborhood.
- Have a long-term source of funding to invest in road repairs citywide for years – through 2030 and beyond.
- Invest in a mix of small- and large-scale projects, from roadway safety upgrades to improving the design of a main neighborhood thoroughfare.
- Upgrade accessibility on sidewalks and crosswalks citywide to make them safer and easier to navigate. Paving projects would result in thousands of new curb ramps throughout San Francisco.
- Save money in the long term. It costs on average three times more to rebuild a road than to maintain it over time. Transportation 2030 funds maintenance to keep paving costs down and save taxpayers money.