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Half Moon Bay Roads Some of the Worst in the County

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission just released its annual survey of Bay Area road conditions.

If you've cruised along the roads in Half Moon Bay lately, you've been driving on some of the worst roads in San Mateo County. 

The Metropolitation Transportation Commission just released its annual Bay Area Pavement Conditions Survey and concluded that Half Moon Bay received an "At-Risk" ranking.

Belmont, Woodside and East Palo Alto also fell into the "At-Risk" category.
Foster City was the only city in San Mateo County to receive the "Very Good" score. 

"The pavement on the Bay Area’s 42,600 lane-miles of local streets and roads remains in 'fair' condition, with the typical stretch of asphalt showing serious wear and likely to require rehabilitation soon," according to a press release.

"Unless local voters decide pavement conditions are an important priority, city and county governments will be doing well just to keep their streets and roads in current condition."

On a scale of 0-100, Bay Area roads were given a 66 rating. In San Mateo County, we're in a bit better shape, with a 76 rating calculated over a three-year moving average. 

Where are the best roads in the Bay Area? Brentwood — in Contra Costa County — was given a 86 rating. The worst? Larkspur, in Marin County, and St. Helena, in Napa County, each received a rating of 44, considered 'poor' in ranking.

Here are the rankings of cities in the latest survey:

Pavement Condition Index (PCI) for San Mateo County, 2011

City Total Lane Miles 2006 2007 2009 2010 2011 Very Good (80-89) Foster City 121 82 83 82 81 81 Good (70-79) Atherton 106 68 69 73 77 79* Daly City 254 70 73 75 77 77 Portola Valley 71 64 63 67 73 77** Redwood City 354 74 76 77 78 77 Brisbane 57 70 73 76 77 77* Burlingame 162 68 72 75 77 76 San Mateo 412 61 67 70 73 72* Hillsborough 164 64 66 69 71 72 South San Francisco 296 67 71 72 73 72 Fair (60-69) San Mateo County 625 65 67 68 69 69 Colma 23 67 72 67 65 68* Menlo Park 200 62 62 62 63 68 San Carlos 175 68 69 70 67 65* San Bruno 178 62 64 63 63 63 Millbrae 125 60 57 57 59 62 Pacifica 188 64 60 59 59 60 At-Risk (50-59) Half Moon Bay 54 55 59 61 62 59* Belmont 135 61 61 61 60 58* Woodside 96 62 60 57 57 58* East Palo Alto 80 60 56 52 53 53*

Three-year moving average score is an estimate based on inspections done in 2010.

Correction: The original article did not report any cities below a "Fair" rating, when there are actually four.  

Do you think Half Moon Bay's roads are that bad? Tell us in the comments.

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George Muteff November 15, 2012 at 08:35 PM
This is nothing new and certainly not news. HMB's roads have been receiving filing grades for years...many years. Part of the problem started in the very early 2000 years, when our City Council felt it more appropriate to spend money meant for roads on litigation and legal fees instead. Examples abound, but the most notable might include Ailanto, Beachwood, Wavecrest and more. Heck, in 2005 the crack legal firm the City used, Meyers Nave, combined with the immortal and impervious Council members at the time felt it was easily worth it to spend $25,000 to appeal and recover a $5,000 loss to a local who was flooded out and won the $5K in small claims court. The attitude of the Council at that time was "you don't like it? You want to file suit? "Take a number." In contrast, figure this out: in 2000, a developer (actually, several, but this one in particular demonstrates the point best) filed suit against HMB. The final action transpired in 2007 in federal court in SF. HMB had an annual budget at that time of $10 M. 25% of that came from transient occupancy tax ($2.5mm). HMB paid out $2.5 Million to Meyers Nave in 2007 and what did we get in return? A $42 Million adverse Judgment. The rest is history.
Stacie Chan (Editor) November 15, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Thanks for those examples, George. Do you think the passage of Measure J--the half-cent sales tax increase which will generate ~$870K for infrastructure projects-- will help improve some of the roads? http://halfmoonbay.patch.com/articles/measure-j-sales-tax-election-results
George Muteff November 16, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Good question Stacie; dunno, but it should help. I just left the City sponsored "Strategic Plan" meeting. Infrastructure is key going forward, but tonight libraries topped the chart. Ill have more to say on that later, but I do believe there are several important points regarding the tax revs that should be mentioned (from my perspective). I'd like to see every dime accounted for. It would be very good to see the City provide that for the public so that everyone knows exactly what came in and where it went. My understanding is the funds will fold into the General Fund, which may lend itself to expenditures that some might question or dislike. We'll see. Another point is, IMHO, every dime should remain local. Not one cent should go to over the hill consultants for any reason. The third point is I'd like to see a good percentage of those new revenues used to market HMB, our downtown merchants and the whole town/coastside - depending of course on who we're marketing to on any specific campaign. Time will tell.
George Muteff November 16, 2012 at 03:21 AM
PS: to provide some perspective: I heard the Council this evening identify over $70 Million in needs over the next 5 years. $850K a year, over three years, will not meet that need; but it will help.

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