As many of you many know, Councilman Buscaino is working hard with Councilman Mitchell Englander on a plan to fix Los Angeles' broken streets. About a third of city streets are so badly damaged, they can no longer be fixed using low-cost maintenance techniques like slurry sealing and resurfacing, and must undergo complete reconstruction, which can be as much as $2.5 million per mile. To complicate matters, the primary source of funding for street maintenance - gas tax - is decreasing every year, due to the fact that motorists are driving more fuel-efficient vehicles, and purchasing fewer gallons of gasoline.
The cost to repair these badly damaged streets is an estimated $3 billion. While that's a lot of money, Los Angeles vehicle owners are already paying $750 every year in maintenance, increased fuel consumption and depreciation due to the poor quality of our streets.
After extensive community outreach, Councilman Buscaino and Councilman Englander presented the Council with an update, and requested an extensive, detailed report from the Chief Legislative Analyst and City Administrative Officer with 24 specific requests for information, that were based upon comments and suggestions received from the public.
These fell into three broad categories:
Scope of the Proposal:
-Multi-modal transit, Complete Streets, Great Streets, Green Streets, Alternative paving materials, feasibility of including sidewalks and alleys
How to fund the Proposal:
-Gas tax, vehicle registration fees, waste hauling franchise fee, developer agreements, federal and state grants
Ways to Increase Efficiency and Cut Costs:
-Implementation plan, maintenance plan, citizen's oversight committee, right-of-way coordination software, reduce street cuts The Public Works Committee will hold public hearings on the report, which is expected to be complete in early November. For a complete list of the information requested, Click Here.