San Francisco launches $77.2 million street paving plan

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The City of San Francisco has launched a $77.2 million street resurfacing program  that targets paving 500 blocks in neighborhoods citywide, funded by local and state funding.

Currently, nearly two-thirds of San Francisco blocks are rated as good or excellent by the regional Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s (MTC) independent pavement condition rating system.

“The continued investment in our roads to keep them in good repair is paying off,” said Mayor London Breed. “We have seen a steady improvement in street conditions over the past decade. This kind of investment is an essential responsibility of government while also generating jobs that benefit workers and the local economy.”

The board of supervisors passed a resolution that sets the list of blocks proposed for paving under San Francisco’s share of state road maintenance and rehabilitation account – San Francisco will receive $28.8 million for the new fiscal year starting July 1.

“We passed SB 1 to improve our transportation infrastructure across California, including our transit and roads. These infrastructure investments are crucial for our community,” said Senator Scott Wiener, co-author of SB 1.

In 2017, the California Legislature approved the road repair and accountability act (SB 1), the largest transportation funding measure in California history. The landmark investment secures $54 billion over the next decade to repair roads, freeways, and bridges in communities across California.

Public Works identified 215 blocks that are candidates for paving funded by the next year’s SB 1 funds. Among them are segments of Harrison Street, Larkin Street, Union Street, Ninth Avenue, Diamond Street, Balboa Street, 14th Street and dozens more. Blocks in neighborhoods not captured in this specific allocation will be covered by other funding streams to ensure geographic equity including Hunters Point Boulevard, Scott Street, Tennessee Street, Cesar Chavez Street and Geneva Avenue.

The program is guided by a geographical equity lens to ensure street improvements happen in all neighborhoods. Public Works maintains more than 900 miles of streets comprising some 12,900 blocks. Over the past 10 years, 500 or more blocks have been resurfaced annually.

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