County Road Maintenance
For many years, securing adequate funding for road maintenance has been a challenge for cities and counties throughout California. These issues are not unique to Marin County. Addressing the problem countywide, the Board of Supervisors has been conferring with the Department of Public Works staff in planning a public workshop on roads infrastructure, to be held this fall. It will provide background on road maintenance challenges and steps taken to date, but will focus primarily on seeking opportunities to continue addressing deferred maintenance. The public is encouraged to attend.
The causes of the road maintenance problem are clear: years of inflation, rising oil prices, state budget impacts and, more recently, the economic downturn. In response, the County has been providing funding beyond the roughly $10 million average annual road maintenance budget. In 2006, the Board of Supervisors initiated a five-year, $25 million program to address deferred roads infrastructure. That program resulted in more than 100 miles, or 25 percent, of county roads receiving some sort of surface treatment. Supervisors recently authorized a second $25 million plan, accelerated to a three-year program. Ensuring geographic equity and the most expeditious use of funds, these programs are making a difference. More work of course, is needed.
The Marin County Department of Public Works (DPW) is responsible for evaluating and repairing our county roads. Public Works employees respond to citizen requests for road maintenance by going to the site to inspect the problem and, depending on its severity, add the location to the list of road maintenance issues. As funds become available, roads are repaired based on factors including severity of the issue, location and funding sources that can be accessed.
For more information, please visit the DPW road webpage at: www.co.marin.ca.us/depts/pw/main/roadmaintenance.cfm.
If you have a specific road maintenance issue, call or send an email message to our office to report the problem. My aides will follow up with DPW.