San Jose’s roads are the worst in the county and among the bottom third for cities in the Bay Area. And it appears they’re only going to get worse.
A report given to the City Council from Transportation Director Hans Larsen says San Jose is currently able to fund just 15 percent of the nearly billion dollars it will take to maintain roads over the next decade. That will result in an $860 million backlog.
In response, the council is considering a parcel tax that would ask homeowners and businesses to contribute $400 a year over the next decade. State law requires a two-thirds voter approval on a taxes dedicated to specific needs, such as street maintenance.
Larsen says the city’s pavement condition is currently rated “fair,” which is the worst rating in Santa Clara County. Over the next 10 years. that condition is expected to be downgraded to poor. According to the Pavement Condition Index (PCI), San Jose has a rating of 64. In comparison, San Francisco (PCI 63) and Oakland (PCI 58) have similar pavement conditions.