SJ City Council Paves Way for Road Repairs

At least 400 miles of city streets will be slated for repairs starting the next fiscal year.

By Kellie Onaga
|  Wednesday, Mar 28, 2012  |  Updated 4:56 PM PDT
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SJ City Council Paves Way for Road Repairs

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The San Jose City Council agrees the city should fund hundreds of miles of road repairs and improvements.

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Look for major road improvements and repairs to some of San Jose's busiest roads in the near future.

The San Jose City Council on Tuesday agreed to designate at least 400 miles of city streets it believes should get funding for improvements starting next fiscal year.

In a 10-0 vote, with Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen absent, the city council said the city should foot the bill for maintenance work on certain major roads.

The list includes:

  • The Alameda
  • Lincoln Avenue
  • some VTA light-rail and bus transit corridors
  • some six-lane roads
  • streets in major job
  • retail areas

The money, however, won't be focused on repairing targeted problems like potholes.  Instead, it will go to more comprehensive street work such as repaving and sealing entire roads.

Getting that work done will be challenging as San Jose is facing a $298 million backlog of street maintenance and little money.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, the city spends $18 million each year on road maintenance. 

San Jose's road maintenance problems are not a secret.  In recent years, it's earned a spot on the list of big U.S. cities with the worst roads.  Of San Jose's 2,400 miles of roads, 21 percent are in poor condition, while 79 percent are in poor fair condition or better.

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