By: Will Reisman
Examiner Staff Writer
06/23/11 4:00 AM
Four cities in San Mateo County have some of the worst streets in the Bay Area, and while San Francisco’s roads are in fair shape, they’re not getting any better.
The streets of Millbrae, Pacifica, Woodside and East Palo Alto have deteriorated and require immediate rehabilitative work, leading to bumpy rides for local residents, according to a regional report released Wednesday by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.
The MTC report reviewed local pavement data to assign road condition scores for every city, town, and municipality in the Bay Area.
On a scale of 1-100, East Palo Alto received the worst grade in San Mateo County, scoring just a 53, while Woodside had a 57, Pacifica a 59, and Millbrae a 59. The road conditions in all four cities were deemed “at-risk” by the MTC report.
The streets of San Francisco ranked a little better, with a score of 64 — enough to put them in the “fair” category. But The City’s score has not changed since 2006.
Because the study averages data on every street, road, or alley in a jurisdiction, it’s much harder for big cities to make improvements, agency spokesman John Goodwin said. With 2,130 lane miles, San Francisco has one of the biggest networks in the Bay Area. The City’s score could improve if a $248 million road repair bond is approved by voters in November.
With 124 lane miles — roughly 5 percent of San Francisco’s total — Millbrae may be able to move up in the rankings a little easier. However, Daniel Quigg, Millbrae’s mayor, said street repair projects in the city are beset by funding problems.
Submitted by Jim Alex