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Faulconer Paves the Way for Safer San Diego Transportation

During his time as mayor, Kevin Faulconer reached record numbers of road repairs in San Diego County.

Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer made unprecedented progress in tackling the much-needed updates to San Diego’s roadways. Faulconer ended his time as mayor with a recorded 1700 miles of repaired roads from 2014 to 2020. These 1700 miles of repairs accounted for half of the city’s 3600-mile road network

Unrepaired roads were causing frustrations for San Diego residents and threatening to cost upwards of $2,000 due to costs associated with fuel loss from congestion and wear and tear from poorly maintained roads. Reports from 2018 indicated that 64% of roads were deficient causing approximately 43 hours of delay yearly. 

Faulconer commented on the issue saying, “When I ran for mayor, there was no issue that San Diegans complained about more than streets, so we have been on a mission over the past six years to bring smooth streets to neighborhoods across the city,” Faulconer said. “We overhauled the repair program to speed up fixes, made record investments in street repair, and are on pace to fix half of all City streets by the end of the year.”

Faulconer, while only being able to repair half of the roadways in San Diego during his time in office, set up a system to be able to continue this work until all roads were of sufficient status. Faulconer explained, “The robust program we now have fixes hundreds of miles annually and I strongly encourage the next Mayor to keep the pedal to the metal until every San Diegan can experience a freshly paved street outside their front door.”

The former mayor’s prioritization of voter concerns and frustrations was beyond apparent in his endeavors to fix the San Diego roadways, helping it achieve and maintain its status as “America’s Finest city.”

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