Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Solano road maintenance about average

Solano County has some of the better-maintained roads in the Bay Area and some of the worse, according to a Metropolitan Transportation Commission report. The MTC report released Tuesday rates roads in the nine-county region on a scale of 1 to 100, with 100 being the best. It measures pavement condition using a three-year average. Vacaville had the best local roads with a score of 77, followed by Dixon with 76, Fairfield with 73, Benicia with 66, the rural county with 64, Suisun City with 55, Vallejo with 53 and Rio Vista with 45. The Bay Area average is 66. Helping in the battle against potholes is $122 million of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act federal stimulus money that went to Bay Area roads. 'But that's a one-shot deal,' MTC spokesman John Goodwin said. 'It's not an ongoing commitment to pavement maintenance.' Much of the money for local road maintenance comes from the state gas tax of 18 cents. For the complete story visit