In San Francisco, cyclists, drivers and pedestrians have grown accustomed to complaining about – and navigating around – routes in disrepair. And the city is trying to play catch-up with limited funds.
On a scale of 0 to 100, the city’s average “pavement condition index” is 64 – a score indicating that a street needs treatment to ensure that its deterioration doesn’t feed on itself and accelerate, said Christine Falvey, a spokeswoman for the Department of Public Works.
That’s only one point above needing grinding and new paving. “We want to improve it, obviously, but it’s fair,” Falvey said.
Fair may not be good enough by some people’s standards. But city streets have been in far worse shape in the past.
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