San Mateo County Has Bay Area's Worst Roads

By Chris Roberts
|  Thursday, Jun 23, 2011  |  Updated 1:39 PM PDT
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San Mateo County Has Bay Area's Worst Roads

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Potholes are not uncommon in San Mateo County.

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Turns out the Bay Area's worst roads aren't in busy urban streets or on heavily-trafficked freeways. Potholes and cracks have fled to the suburbs, where they're thriving.

The streets of Millbrae, Pacifica, Woodside and East Palo Alto are the worst in the Bay, according to the San Francisco Examiner. They're so bad that they need "immediate rehabilitative work" in order to alleviate tooth-jarring bumpy rides for residents, according to a report released Wednesday by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

The MTC scored all cities' roads on a 1-to-100 rating. East Palo Alto received the worst rating, a 53. Woodside received a 57, and Pacifica and Millbrae both ranked 59. Those ratings are all shaky enough to brand the roads "at risk."

San Francisco's streets scored a 64, enough for a "fair" rating."

With 124 miles of streets, Millbrae has about five percent of the roads that San Francisco does. But like bigger cities, the smaller 'burb is broke.

"Believe me," said Millbrae Mayor Daniel Quigg, "if we had the money, we'd make the improvements."

Some $975 million is needed annually to keep the area's streets in repair, but only $351 million is spent, according to the newspaper.

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