Mayor Jerry Sanders released data today showing that two-thirds of the city’s streets are in unacceptable conditions.

Only 37 percent of the city’s streets and roads were labeled “acceptable” by consultants at Stantec Inc. The national standard for acceptable streets is 75 percent, more than double San Diego’s rate, according to the study.

Sanders used the study, conducted by Stantec Inc., to justify increased streets spending he is pitching for the coming 2008 fiscal year. His proposal includes $25.5 million to repair 134 miles of San Diego streets, which have been notoriously pocked with potholes and weathered by debris. The mayor’s plan for 2008 represents a 34 percent increase in repairs from the prior year.

Stantec devised an index to gauge the 2,800 miles of road around the city. City Council officials have asked Sanders for service-level measurements, such as the assessment of road conditions. But the mayor has been reluctant to provide those measurements claiming that existing data is not accurate.

Independent Budget Analyst Andrea Tevlin disagreed in a report last week, claiming the city did have some data at its disposal to guide it through the ongoing budget season.

EVAN McLAUGHLIN

Rob Davis

Rob Davis was formerly a senior reporter for Voice of San Diego.

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