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Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 1:51 pm

Share your thoughts: Is the deterioration of North Bay roads impacting your business?

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    NBBJ Pulse Poll

    Sonoma County’s roads are ranked the worst in the nine-county Bay Area. Is the deterioration of North Bay roads impacting your business?

    • Major impact (25%, 6 votes)
    • Minor impact (21%, 5 votes)
    • No impact (54%, 13 votes)
    • Don't know (0%, 0 votes)

    Total voters: 24
    Polling period: March 6, 2013 @ 12:00 pm – March 13, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

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    Roads in Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake counties are ranked the worst in the Bay Area, according to a new statewide study.

    Roads for those three counties ranked 50, 37 and 40, respectively, on an index between 0 for “failed” and 100 for “excellent” in the 2012 California Statewide Local Streets and Roads Needs Assessment, released Tuesday. [See the table below for North Bay county-by-county findings.]

    Condition of roads in Lake County improved since 2008, while those in Sonoma and Mendocino declined. Yet conditions of Napa County roads improved markedly.

    “There has been a steady downward trend in the pavement condition since 2008,” the report said. “The majority of California’s counties now have an average pavement condition rating that is considered ‘at risk.’ Projections indicate that In 10 years, 25 percent of California’s streets and roads will be in the ‘failed’ category.”

    The statewide study was backed by the Bay Area’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission plus the League of California Cities, California State Association of Counties, County Engineers Association of California and California Regional Transportation Planning Agencies.

    Pavement Condition Index for North Bay counties

      Avg. weighted PCI
    (cities incl.)
    Center line
    (sq. yd.)
    2008 2010 2012
    Lake Co. 753 1,497 10,199,540 33 31 40
    Marin Co. 1,021 2,059 18,077,971 61 61 61
    Mendocino Co. 1,125 2,255 16,097,768 51 49 37
    Napa Co. 716 1,489 12,453,529 53 60 59
    Solano Co. 1,715 3,623 29,162,226 66 66 67
    Sonoma Co. 2,373 4,960 39,517,285 53 50 50
    California 143,092 312,708 2,666,650,735 68 66 66

    Source: California Statewide Local Streets and Roads Needs Assessment, January 2013, released March 6, table 2.3. Scale is 0 (failed) to 100 (excellent).

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