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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 11/03/2014
Subject :

Palo Alto Streets Highlighted For Good Conditions in State Report
Condition of state’s roads continues to decline, facing billions in funding shortfall
Contact : Mike Sartor, Director, Public Works    650/329-2270
Claudia Keith, Chief Communications Officer    650/329-2607
Palo Alto, CA – 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.

In 2010, Palo Alto’s average PCI rating for streets was 73, placing it below many neighboring communities.  The Infrastructure Blue Ribbon Commission (IBRC) recommended that no street have a PCI rating below 60 by 2021.  With the additional funding in place, the City expects to reach a citywide PCI of 85 (“excellent”) by 2019. 

In contrast, at current funding levels the unfunded backlog to bring statewide PCI scores to at least “good” (71 or better) will swell from $40 billion to $61 billion by 2024.  To close the gap, the report suggests that government officials consider a gas tax hike, mileage-based driving tax or another way to boost revenues toward improving streets and roads.

The complete report can be found at