While the overall condition of California's local streets and roads continues to deteriorate and the statewide average Pavement Condition Index (PCI) now stands at 66 ("at risk" category), Palo Alto has successfully managed its streets improvement program with an overall PCI score of 78, according to a recent report from the California State Association of Counties. Palo Alto is highlighted in the California Statewide Local Streets & Roads Needs Assessment 2014 report for proactively managing and investing in its streets maintenance program with the City’s overall PCI score of 78 (“good”).
Annual funding for street maintenance has increased from $1.7 million to $5.1 million since FY 2009. In FY 2011, the City Council approved a $2 million annual increase in the paving budget in an effort to step up and address aging City streets. In FY 2014, the street resurfacing program budget was increased again to a total of $5.1 million to accelerate the timeline for meeting the goal of a citywide PCI of 85 prior to 2021.
“The focus on improving our street conditions is having an impact, and with the increased funding approved by the City Council, we will meet our goal of citywide excellent streets two years earlier than first projected,” said Palo Alto Public Works Director Mike Sartor.
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