San Leandro Road Quality Low & Worsening

A Metropolitan Transportation Committee report finds city streets among the worst in the Bay Area. Which local streets are most in need of repair?


This probably comes as no surprise to drivers.

The streets of San Leandro ranked among the worst in the Bay Area in a report by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission that evaluated local road conditions in 109 communities. 

The MTC's Pavement Condition Index, or PCI, considers a score above 80 good.

An MTC press release says the Bay Area has 42,600 miles of local streets and roads with an overall PCI of 66. 

San Leandro's 392 miles of local roads had a PCI of 56 in 2011. That is down from 62 in 2006.

That earned San Leandro a ranking of 99th out of 109.

San Leandro's PCI rating is comparable to that of Oakland.

Hayward has a PCI of 69, above the Bay Area average.

City leaders are aware of worsening local road conditions.

In a budget workshop in February, City Manager Chris Zapata said San Leandro had 1,100 potholes in fiscal year 2007.

In 2011 it had 2,507 potholes. He said the city is not spending enough to keep up with wear and tear.

City engineering staff presented more details in a recent presentation that can be visited by clicking on this link and downloading the PDF file.

The brief takeaway is that the defeat of county sales tax Measure B1 -- which was announced Monday -- means San Leandro will not get additional funds to bring its roads up to par. 

"Under current funding, pavement conditions will continue to decline," says the summary slide, adding that "as pavement work is deferred, the type of repair becomes more intrusive to residents and substantially more expensive."

If the city is to spend more on road upkeep where should the money come from? Which streets are most in need of repair? Leave a comment. Upload a picture. Or text your image to the editor at 510-332-9308.

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David January 01, 2013 at 09:32 PM
As I wrote above Measure B1 would have put only 39% of the taxes raised to actual roads, and only 30% to local roads. The rest would have been wasted on AC Transit, which already benefits from a massive parcel tax passed last year, and BART to Livermore, which is neither desired by residents in Livermore, nor would it relieve congestion even with the rosiest of projections by BART. Not to mention throwing more money at private developers for unnecessary, unneeded and unwanted TOD housing. Mayor Cassidy, this should be an obvious solution, and easier to market--a tax that's 70% lower than Measure B1 and would solely go to local road repair.
Larry Smith January 01, 2013 at 09:35 PM
I guarantee you that the roads in Hayward are no better than they are in San Leandro. Having ridden bikes extensively through both cities, I can assure you that whatever agency made the false claims about Hayward streets being better, had their heads where the sun don't shine...and I am not talking potholes here.
ken February 08, 2013 at 10:08 PM
I vote Martinez Street (west of Bart) as the worst of the worst.
tony santos February 08, 2013 at 11:55 PM
Ken city voted years ago to abandon Martinez-when development moves forward there will not longer be a Martinez-no need to repair it. I just received a long list of streets soon to be resurfaced- Many that should be on list are not-
ken February 09, 2013 at 12:24 AM
Mr. Santos..I had a feeling that Crossroads was the reason that street has become a buckboard trail..K


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