The results of the 2012 California Statewide Local Streets and Roads Needs Assessment show that there
has been a steady downward trend in the pavement condition since 2008. The majority of California’s
counties now have an average pavement condition rating that is considered “at risk” (see maps below).
Projections indicate that In 10 years, 25 percent of California’s streets and roads will be in the “failed” category.
This report shows that there is a funding shortfall of more than $82 billion over the next 10 years to bring the
system up-to-date. The current funding level for the local system is $2.5 billion a year. Just maintaining the
status quo for pavements will require an investment of an additional $1.9 billion a year.
The 2012 Assessment focuses on the transportation needs, but solutions must come from state and local governments,
the Legislature, and the people of California. There’s no question that new sources of revenue must be found. The
cost to make our local streets and roads safe and reliable should be shared by everyone who uses and benefits from
them, whether from the north or south, urban, suburban, or rural areas.
The bottom line is, Californians will have to work together to secure sustainable revenues to prevent our local
streets and roads system from collapse.
We cannot afford to delay action. By investing in the state’s local street and road system now, we can avert
disaster and strengthen California’s transportation future.
2012 Final Report (PDF)
2010 Final Report (PDF)
2008 Final Report (PDF)