Each and every day, thousands of residents, businesses and commuters depend on the City of Vancouver's largest physical asset - our street system - to get where they want to go.
Meanwhile, our street system is declining. At current funding levels, pavement conditions citywide will continue to deteriorate to poor by 2034. Beyond limited neighborhood traffic calming, no new street projects are anticipated once the current funding we have is exhausted.
The Vancouver City Council has established a goal of addressing the City’s long-term street funding needs.View the goal here.
With thorough evaluations and assessments of pavement conditions and street system needs completed, the City Council has directed staff to seek input from citizens on potential sources for stable, long-term funding. These efforts are now underway. Learn more here:
ANNOUNCING: The new web-based input tool is now available! Click on the image above or click here to participate. For additional information about this tool, including general instructions, please visit the public input and outreach webpage above.
When we talk about our street system, that means from sidewalk to sidewalk. Vancouver's street system includes 1,806 single-lane miles of road surface, more than 3,800 acres of right-of-way property, the operation of 235 traffic signals, nine pedestrian hybrid beacons, tens of thousands of signs, 10 City-owned bridges, thousands of miles of bike and pedestrian facilities, and thousands of miles of lane striping.
Vancouver’s livability, economic vitality, and public safety and emergency response depend on a healthy, viable street system. Key areas are:
Streets are the backbone of all community and business activities and impact Vancouver’s overall quality of life. Our entire street system reflects a major community investment, costly to construct and currently estimated at more than $1 billion to replace.Just like a home or office building, a vehicle or a bicycle, our street system needs ongoing maintenance to continue to serve us now and into the future.
Across Vancouver, pavement conditions are declining on both major and neighborhood streets. Each year, the City assesses pavement conditions and measures the growing number of streets in distress, with cracks, patches, potholes and other signs of aging and wear. As of 2013, the City had an estimated backlog of more than $130 million in streets needing pavement maintenance and/or full reconstruction. By 2034, that backlog is expected to grow to $250 million.
Citizens are seeing the effects on the street, literally. In past community surveys, citizens' satisfaction levels with street maintenance have fallen and concerns have risen.
In addition to declining pavement conditions, Vancouver also has inherited miles of major streets originally built to rural standards and now in need of upgrading.
At the same time, funding and resources have shrunk. Street projects currently with grants and local dollars in place will be halted once current funding is exhausted.To obtain grants, the City typically must provide local matching dollars. There is currently no dedicated funding for reconstructing failed streets, replacing assets, upgrading core arterials, and improving functionality, mobility, safety and livability. Funding for regular operations and maintenance also have been reduced over the past years, resulting in recurring upkeep and maintenance falling further behind.
Planning Commission Informational Update - January 2015
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