Bumpy Roads Ahead: America’s Roughest Rides and Strategies to Make our Roads Smoother (July 2015) - The National Transportation Research Group’s July 2015 report compared roads among cities with urban populations between 250,000 and 500,000.  It found that Santa Rosa Has Nation’s Third Worst Roads for a Medium-Sized City. 

Using Federal Highway Administration data from 2013 the group concluded that Santa Rosa has the third highest share of roads in the nation that are rated poor (chart 5, page 15). Only 10 percent of Santa Rosa’s roads and highways are considered to be good; 12 percent are fair, 29% are mediocre and 49% are poor. For purposes of this study an urban area includes the city and its neighboring suburban areas, meaning that the county roads adjacent to Santa Rosa are included. Here also is the report's, Appendix B 

You can also click here to read the Press Democrat's coverage of this report.

Street Fight - 2013 PCI Scores for Each Bay Area City and County (October 2014) - This report by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) provides the pavement condition index (PCI) scores for each Bay Area county and city. The best cities in Sonoma County are Windsor and Sonoma, each with a PCI of 70. The worst is Petaluma with a PCI of 46. Sonoma County roads have a PCI of 45, which marks an improvement over the previous year.

The board of supervisors adopted the latest version of the long-term road plan on October 28, 2014. It seeks to improve about 700 miles of the County road network beyond the 150 miles already improved over past three fiscal years, resulting in over 50 percent of the road network achieving “good” pavement condition index ratings or better. To achieve this goal, the board will place on the ballot in June 2015 a measure that seeks approval of a ¼ cent sales tax increase.

The California Statewide Local Streets and Roads Needs Assessment (October 2014) In now availble. This report details the failing of California’s streets and roads. It provides a critical analysis and information on local transportation networks' condition. Sonoma County ranks 47th of the 58 counties in California based on the Pavement Condition Index (PCI), which is an improvement from two years ago when we were 51st. See pages 16-17. If voters approve a sales tax increase for roads in June 2015 Sonoma County will greatly improve in the coming years.

Ever wonder how bad your road is? Now you can find out the official Pavement Condition Index (PCI) of your road. This is a measure of road condition on a scale from 1 to 100, with 100 being perfect. Below 30 is considered "failing" and between 31-50 "poor". 74 percent of Sonoma County roads are considered poor or failing. 

This report rates the condition of all the 1,370 miles of road in Sonoma County. It was conducted by consultants hired by the county Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW). The survey was conducted in 2012 and 2013 and the report was released in the spring of 2014.

The roads are listed alphabetically A-Z beginning on page 24. The first part of the report provides an interesting overview of pavement conditions and describes the methodology for the survey.

The report lists the road segments evaluated for each road, the PCI rating and estimate of remaining life of the road. As you might expect, many of the roads have zero remaining life.

As the board of supervisors move towards implementing the Long-Term Road Plan, the data in this report will be usefull to community groups who are organizing their neighborhoods to bring attention to their failed roads. If you would like more information on how to organize your neighborhood, see SaveLichauRoad.com

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Click here to read the ordinance that the supervisors will consider on Tuesday, August 5, at about 9:00 am that will formally place a ¼ cent sales tax on the November ballot. It includes an advisory measure that will be on the same ballot that will ask for approval of the proposed distribution of the revenue from the increase in sales tax. 

Here is the proposed funding plan for the Long-Term Road Plan adopted by the Board of Supervisors in June. 
The centerpiece is a 1/4 cent county-wide sales tax increase for 20 years that will generate about $8.7 million per year for the county to use on pavement preservation. 
In addition, the nine cities in Sonoma County would receive about $11 million per year for badly needed street repairs. (Santa Rosa would get approximately $5.5 million per year and Petaluma $1.9 million). A maintenance of effort provision would require the county and the cities to maintain their current levels of general funds for roads. 
This means that the county would be committed to sustaining the $8.0 million from the general fund and $2.2 million from the refuse franchise fees for a total of $10.2 from the general fund each year for pavement preservation.
SOSroads congratulates the supervisors for continuing to commit $5.4 million for road maintenance and as well as $10.2 million for pavement preservation from the general fund each year.
Those funds, together with $1.8 in federal funds and the new sales tax revenue would make over $20 million available each year for pavement preservation (Summary, p. 4). 
SOSroads thinks the proposed plan is a major step forward, but we have three concerns.
First, some want to divert funds from rehabilitating roads to transit projects. Given the dire condition of the county road system, we think this would be a mistake and sends a confusing message to voters.
Second, we think the general fund commitment should be indexed to inflation.  The failure to index road repair and maintenance funds to inflation is a major cause of our current problems.
Third, we have advocated for a 10 year plan, given too much can change over 20. We hope there might be ways of front-loading some of this work before the roads deteriorate further and are more expensive to rehabilitate.
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