$377M Worth of Street Repairs in San Diego Delayed, Audit Report Says

Steven Bobson, Europe & Americas Editor
December 01, 2010 /

Despite the queuing 17 percent of streets in San Diego that need fixing, the city has kept deferring the budget worth $377 million of street repairs, a city audit report said Monday.

The City Auditor said the streets that were in poor condition at present have not been paid attention to by the city government even though funding is already allocated to repair them.

“The city has not comprehensively managed transportation assets and investments,” the audit report said.

In the same city audit report, the inefficiency in the handling of the transportation assets was stressed. Despite the very limited investment in pavement preservation, improvement in the management of the budget is a must, the audit report added.

San Diego city has spent a total of $133 million out of its allocation for transportation which is aimed to resurface area roadways. The expenditure took place between 2004 and 2010. The city’s coverage includes over 2,700 miles of roads and 271 miles of alleys all in all.

The audit report noted that prolonging the postponement of repairing the 17 percent of roads may see an increase in the total amount to be spent for the project.

It also lamented that too many departments have been handling the maintenance project for the roads, saying this manifested a faulty system for repairing the streets. The audit report stated that “more effective communication is needed to reduce street excavation projects.”

District 2 City Councilman Kevin Faulconer said the audit report has shown something that should prompt the city government to coordinate the street projects better.

Faulconer said he would chair the City Council’s Audit Committee which would discuss the audit report on January 10.


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