Two types of street and road maintenance needs in the San Francisco Bay Area are documented: ongoing maintenance, or what is necessary on an annual basis to keep roads in adequate condition, and backlog costs, or what is necessary to bring roads back to adequate condition that had deteriorated due to deferred maintenance. Estimates of need for both types of maintenance are then compared with actual expenditures for the Bay Areas's 9 counties and 92 cities to determine funding shortfalls. It was found that the local road system was not being adequately protected. Ongoing maintenance expenditures only covered about 60 percent of what was needed. Seventy-five percent of the shortfall was in preventive maintenance. This deferral of maintenance had led to a backlog of road deterioration by which 20 percent of the roads were classified as being in fair to poor condition. These findings led to three major recommendations: maintenance practices needed to be improved, the problem needed to be communicated to the public, and more revenue was required. Significant steps have subsequently been initiated for all three types of maintenance. A simple and straightforward method of measuring need is presented, not to generate project-level decisions but to provide ballpark estimates of aggregate revenue requirements. The methodological and technical study was extended to an action program to carry out the three recommendations. Popular summary reports, a slide show, legislative principles, and actions to improve maintenance practices have all been subsequently developed.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 27-30
  • Monograph Title: Pavement maintenance prediction and runway repair materials
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00387540
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309036623
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 28 1984 12:00AM